Oxford University was recently named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe. The city of Oxford was awarded the most entertaining city in the UK. Oxford is an easy drive from London, with both Heathrow and Gatwick airports offering 24/7 shuttle service. Nicknamed the "City of Dreaming Spires” you can walk along the same medieval cobbled lanes as Sir Walter Raleigh, President Bill Clinton, and Indira Gandhi.Visit the world famous Ashmolean Museum, opened in 1683 it was the 1st museum to welcome the public. Explore Oxford Castle, showcasing 1000 years of Oxford history. Harry Potter fans will enjoy a walking tour of all the filming locations.
In the mood for some exercise, Oxford is a renowned "cycling city" with beautiful trails and country roads catering to all levels of cyclists. If you enjoy boating on beautiful canals there is no better way to spend a sunny Oxford day than to engage in one of the most quintessential Oxonian pastimes by renting a punt and boating along the Oxford canal.Ready to explore the beautiful English countryside, then a short drive will take you to the Cotswolds, or Stratford Upon Avon- the birthplace of Shakespeare. If prehistoric monuments interest you, nearby Stonehenge dating back to the bronze age is regarded as a British cultural icon. Enjoy a pint of ale or a bite at a local pub- check out the Eagle and Child a J.R.R. Tolkien favorite, or visit Oxford’s oldest pub The Bear Inn which opened its doors in 1242. Drop by the popular but well-hidden historic Turf Tavern which Bill Clinton frequented while attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
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Oxford's best Harry Potter experiences: http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/harry-potter-locations-to-visit-in-oxford/