48 Hours in Oxford – Part 2

Day 2

Wow – what a great first day you’ve enjoyed in the city. If you missed our blog post for day 1, click here to catch up! Right – up for day two?

10am: City Sightseeingjointtickets-navigation

After your walking adventure yesterday evening with Bill Spectre, we thought you could start the day with a City Sightseeing excursion. Sit back and relax on this open-topped bus as it navigates the key city landmarks. Handily, your ticket lets you get on and off at these key points throughout the day.
10:30am Christ Church

Undoubtedly the most famous of the University Colleges. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, contribute to the city’s celebrated skyline and mark Christ Church as a unique dual foundation; one of Oxford University’s largest Colleges and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. Enter the majestic Meadow Gate and walk in the footsteps of academics, kings and queens, a little girl called Alice and even a few wizards! Gaze upon the beautiful buildings, elegant quadrangles and vibrant stained glass windows and gain an insight into the rich history of an Oxford college and the life of a community dedicated to learning.

Walk or get back on the City Sightseeing bus to make your way to the High Street for lunch. We recommend:

12:30pm Vaults and Garden, High Street

Housed in Oxford University’s Old Congregation House of 1320, the Vaults Cafe offers a delicious and healthy seasonal menu. When the weather is nice, their garden is a fantastic spot in Oxford to sit in, surrounded by architectural treasures, flowers and aromatic herbs. Hot water bottles & blankets are provided during the winter!


16037257463_d03ce30d51_z1:30pm: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Hop off the bus at City Sightseeing stop number 20 and make your way to the Ashmolean museum. Their world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. You could spend days here so take a look at their website before you visit to ensure you pick out your must-see exhibits. Best news is, it’s FREE entry.


4.00pm Finish off your City Sightseeing tour by jumping back on the bus at City Sightseeing stop number 7 on St. Aldates.


Dinner – End your Oxford trip in style at Marco’s

This stunning restaurant is part of Marco Pierre White’s collection and offers an array of mouth-watering Italian dishes as well as some classic New York favourites. Find it at 73 High Street.


Image credits:

Ashmolean museum – taken by Flickr user Jareed. Used under the creative commons attribution license.