Old Personage Hotel

Stay: Old Parsonage Hotel

Outside wisteria winds its way up a rustic façade while inside you'll be greeted to roaring log fires and come-jump-on-me-beds at this 17th century city manor at the top of St Giles.


Afternoon Tea: Quod

This sleek brasserie and bar is the hub of the Old Bank Hotel, and the perfect place to take afternoon tea with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the city's famous colleges. The menu is classic, but faultless: Jersey crab and cucumber sandwiches, loose leaf teas and warm scones served with lashings of clotted cream and jam.

Modern Art Oxford

See: Modern Art Oxford

Located in the Royal Pavilion gardens ‒ in part of the Prince Regent's old stable complex ‒ you'll find everything from Ancient Egyptian galleries and post-war British art to contemporary paintings. Plus, there's a lovely café to boot (overlooking the 20th Century Art & Design Gallery).

Bodleian Library

Visit: Bodleian Library

First opened to scholars in 1602 (although its history dates back to the 14th century), this magnificent library is one of the oldest in the world and one of the most impressive - its Divinity School was even used as the Hogwarts Hospital wing in the Harry Potter films. With 117 miles of shelving and over 11 million items, this is a must-see (J.K. Rowling fan or not).

Covered Market

Shop: Covered Market

This gem of a market, which has been around for over two centuries, is hidden away at the end of the High Street. From independent florists to local jewellers, its got everything covered (literally). And, it's a paradise for foodies with Feller's organic butchers - selling local Oxford sausages - and Hayman's Fisheries being just two of the fantastic food stalls worth visiting.

The Jam Factory

Drink: The Jam Factory

Unsurprisingly, this restaurant, bar and art centre in the West End was once an old jam factory (and where Frank Cooper's tip-top jams were once made). Now, it's a relaxed yet stylish venue with exposed brick walls - bedecked in local artwork - light, airy rooms and chic seating where you can enjoy a glass of chilled wine or two. Lovely.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Dinner: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Owned by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, this two-Michelin starred restaurant (complete with its very own two-acre vegetable garden) is set in a beautiful manor house just outside the city.


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