A weekend away in Oxfordshire

Following up from our post last week on things to do in Cambridge, we thought to flip the hour glass so to speak and look at the highlights of Oxford. 

If they’re aren’t enough Libraries in London to keep you occupied, Oxford houses one of the oldest libraries in Europe, the beautiful Bodleian Library. This archaic archaeological marvel is the main research library for the University and thus has around 12 million books, making it the UK’s most populated library after the British Library. Half-hour mini tours include a look at the famous Duke Humfrey Library, where writers such as CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Oscar Wilde once studied. Hour-long tours allow time to visit the Convocation House where Parliment was temporarily held throughout the English Civil War as well as visiting Chancellors Court where the aforementioned Wilde was charged with debt convictions. Fun fact: The library has made up Hogwarts for  Harry Potter!

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The Bodleian Library was one of the main filming locations of the Harry Potter films

Oxford offers the perfect backdrop to see your favourite classic stories come to life through the Creation Theatre. With an eclectic, ever-changing cast that ranges from children to professional actors, they recreate works such as 1984, Cinderella and Snow White as well as Shakespeare’s works,with an abundance of passion. A must-see. If you’re looking for a world-class french restaurant, look no further than the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The restaurant is run and owned by renowned French Chef Raymond Blanc and currently holds two Michelin stars. It is also a prestigious training school, having produced an impressive 28 Michelin starred chefs. The cuisine is offered in five and seven-course lunch and dinner as well as a wine list that encompasses their belief in their wine philosophy. If you know any aspiring chefs, a few days at their training school could potentially be a wonderful present.

If you’re looking for a world-class French Restaurant, look no further than the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The restaurant is run and owned by renowned French Chef Raymond Blanc and currently holds two Michelin stars. It is also a prestigious training school, having produced an impressive 28 Michelin starred chefs. The cuisine is offered in five and seven-course lunch and dinner as well as a wine list that encompasses their belief in their wine philosophy. If you know any aspiring chefs, a few days at their training school could potentially be a wonderful present.

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has been described by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s priciest restaurant’.

Finally, we can’t talk about a weekend in Oxford without highlighting the university. Along with the aforementioned Bodleian Library, there is also the picturesque Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1621, it is home to a myriad of plant species and serves as a literary muse to Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland. Contained within the gardens is a The Danby Gateway, one of the finest examples of baroque architecture.

All of this has only scratched the surface as to what Oxford can offer. With the build-up to this weekend’s annual boat and equally exciting Goat race, we can’t wait to see who will win.

 

 

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