It’s been a long time since I have been on a University Campus. About 8 years to be exact. I am glad to be done with academic life and find professional development objectives keep me busy enough, but dare I say our little visit to Oxford made me miss being on campus and student life in general.
Oxford is famous for its ancient University. The city holds a collection of historic buildings, colleges, museums and libraries.
On the weekend we visited, it was bustling with scholars and academics of all ages going about their day. We noticed a sign saying it was degree day, so there were a lot of people dressed formally and in cap and gown going to graduation ceremonies.
We wandered around the beautiful buildings and were amazed at how well preserved they were.
We had a delightful lunch and cream tea at the Vaults and Garden café. I think you are supposed to have lunch OR cream tea (which is tea and scones served with clotted cream and jam) but hey, I’m a hungry mama! Along our walk we passed over some waterways. People were lazily drifting in boats (or punting as they call it) down the canals and enjoying the weather.
My favourite building was the Radcliffe Camera, which serves as a reading room for the Bodleian Library.
You need to scan your student Id to enter, so we had to admire it from the outside.
We also liked the University Church but opted out of climbing up to any towers, although I’m sure the view was gorgeous!
It took us a while to figure out how to get in to Christ Church meadow due to a gate which only allows one person through at a time and wasn’t wide enough for our stroller. The park has an expansive green space and a nice path alongside it, which a lot of people were walking on.
We visited Turf Tavern which is a cute 13th century pub hidden down a narrow alley way as well as the Grand Café which claims to be the oldest coffee house in England. We ended our day by packing into a tiny little pub called the Old Tom for some delicious thai food.