LayoutFamous for its world class university, which has seen eight centuries of scholars, scientists, philosophers and explorers pass through its decadent halls, the city of Oxford is a great location for a stylish and cultural weekend away. This charming city perfectly blends its medieval heritage with modern city vibes, and manages to have everything you could look while feeling cosy and intimate.

Stay at…

Malmaison Oxford is located in the heart of the city, in the castle walls to be exact. The former gaol has been transformed into a stunning luxury hotel, complete with fabulous restaurant (try the Mal Burger, it’s truly decadent comfort food at its best) and the MALBAR, which serves up expertly mixed quirky and classic cocktails. Or check out the Old Bank Hotel on the High Street, a stunningly designed hotel in a great location with views over the Bodelian Library, Radcliffe camera and All Souls College. This Georgian property feels spacious and airy, and is decorated with the owner’s private art collection.

Eat at…

The Ashmolean Dining Room, a recent addition to the famous museum in a truly spectacular location. This rooftop restaurant offers a menu of authentic European dishes, accompanied by some fantastic wines from around the world. Or wander down to the riverside and pay a visit to The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, where you can enjoy exciting dishes and an incredible wine list while listening to the gentle ebb and flow of the river, the soft splashes of punts idling by, and the soft thud of the dragon school cricket schools. Plus, every now and again you get to see a poor punting novice fall in the river.

Explore…

  • The elegant architecture of the colleges- in particular Christchurch, also known as ‘The House’. With its beautiful exterior it’s no wonder that this aristocratic college has been featured in a number of films, including Harry Potter, and it’s also where Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland taught maths.
  • The Thames on a punting trip – and test your sense of balance with a punt down the river – or sit back and let someone else take the wheel (pole?), and drift lazily past the university meadows.
  • Everything, at the Pitt Rivers Museum – which holds one of the most impressive collections of anthropology and archaeology from all over the world and throughout history. Started by Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt, this incredible museum holds a vast array of weird and wonderful items from around the globe, including ethnic masks, jewellery, mummies and shrunken heads…
  • The spooky history of Oxford Castle – which has over 1000 years of history, including a stint as a prison. Tours of the castle are brought to life by tour guides depicting characters from the prison’s history in full period dress (watch out for Isaac Darkin the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highwayman), making this a great day out for the whole family.

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