April 2021: It’s been extremely sad to see Oxford quiet and shuttered for the last year. But, it’s looking like it won’t be long until it’s back to its old self again. The reopening of the city of dreaming spires has already begun now that non-essential shops and outdoor dining and drinking are allowed. With indoor dining on the cards from May 17 and (if all goes to plan) most restrictions being lifted by June 21, meaning nightlife and other cultural venues like theatres and galleries should be open again, it’s time to start planning your next day trip.
Its rival Cambridge may win on wide open green spaces, but Oxford has imposing spires and picture-postcard cobbles that few cities can match. If its name conjures libraries, riverside picnics and students sweating over their exam scripts, then it’s no surprise the best things to do in Oxford almost all have some link to the world-renowned university. But there is more to the city than just books, dark blue lycra, and weird frilly gowns. Put simply, the best museums in Oxford are pulling in shows on a par with London’s, the burgeoning restaurant scene offers hard-to-beat gourmet thrills, and the pubs are steeped in charm and history. There’s no risk of getting bored in this splendid city – so consider this a bucket list and start ticking off our pick of Oxford’s absolute must-do activities.
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