Discovering Oxford

Finally I’m sharing our Oxford adventure with you. We had five nights here, and I had a pretty open mind about how we were going to fill our days. Usually I’m pretty organised but this holiday we all just needed to switch off and take it day by day.

Oxford has been on my list of places to visit for so long.

This summer I finally got to spend a few days in historical and beautiful Oxford, on a family holiday.

cabin wes anderson style noke

As it turns out Oxford isnt as far away as I’d imagined. It took us about 20 minutes longer than the journey to Whitby normally takes. Which is great seeing as it was a Bank Holiday Weekend and there was a lot of traffic.

 

We stayed on the outskirts of a tiny village called Noke. self catering holiday oxford

Noke is close to Oxford but felt a million miles away from anywhere. I don’t remember the last time I felt so far away from the bustle of everyday life.

 

Instead we were were tucked in at the back of RSPB Outmoor, a haven for birds and wildlife. There was one road in and out of the village, and our cottage was right at the end of it.

This Oxford holiday for us was all about relaxing, and the situation of this cottage was just perfect for this.

All the comforts of home and great WiFi!

(I’ll list at the bottom of this post where we stayed.)

gothic oxford

Going into Oxford city itself was interesting. There aren’t many place to park. Park & Ride is big here as are bicycles (there’s a shocker). Having visited I now understand why but, naively, as we are so used to driving when on holiday, we didn’t really grasp this until we’d done it.

The city has been preserved so well that the infrastructure doesn’t support the amout of traffic. Hence the Park & Ride. I commend this btw- history over new roads and car parks any-day! I think Manchester is only just cottoning on to this notion.

My absolute favourite place we visited whilst in Oxford, was the Museum of Natural History. I’m a sucker for a good Natural History Museum, especially because they are usually housed in such beautiful buildings.

oxford family holiday

This one is part of the University of Oxford and it took my breath away… The Victorian glass roof is spectacular. I couldn’t stop taking photos!

The light in the museum is incredible because of the roof. Sadly, after the glass was cleaned a few years ago, it began to let too much sunlight in. This has started to slowly destroy some of the specimens below. So they are currently installing a special UV film onto the glass which should improve conditions (they were doing one half whilst we were there).

vintage yellow vw camper van

Wandering around Oxford felt rather magical. I managed to squeeze in a meet up and mini photowalk with my good friend Natasha of CandyPop. It was great having a local show me around and share lots of inside information about the city.

Oxford has been featured in many films and TV shows. As if to prove that point, we spotted a huge film crew who were working on the new Mary Queen of Scots film, out in 2018.

lots of busts at the ashmoleon museum

My Oxford Holiday Highlights 

  • We stayed at Oxford Country Cottages. Such a peaceful setting.
  • Two brilliant museums; The Natural History Museum and the Ashmolean Museum.
  • Tapas with Natasha in Kazbar– amazing food and boho vibes!
  • Making friends with a couple of goats in Noke community playground… They tried to follow us back to the cottage!
  • Seeing the girls (and my husband’s) faces when it was feeding time at Crocodiles of the World, a specialist crocodile zoo. Great for a rainy day out.
  • All the beautiful old buildings and architecture!

 

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23 Comments

  1. September 20, 2017 / 7:56 am

    We stay with my sister in Witney which is so lovely I never want to leave. There’s so much to do and see in Oxford I doubt we will ever tire of it

    • September 20, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Thats so true! Something for everyone

  2. September 20, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Ah this is so beautiful and I’m so glad you got to do a mini photo walk with Natasha too!!!! A little jealous! But so happy for you! Beautiful snaps!!!!!

    • September 20, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Aw thanks Kirsty! Have you been to Oxford?

  3. September 20, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos. That ceiling OMG! <3
    My in-laws have long said how lovely Oxford is and I've never been. Might be time to change that!

    • September 20, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Get it on your list lovely! It has a feel of Manchester about it in a way- you’d love it x

  4. Jules
    September 20, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Ahh love this post Sus! I’ve always wanted to go to Oxford too – sounds just beautiful! I’d now like to go for that museum alone!! Looks like you had a gorgeous family break xx

    • September 20, 2017 / 11:19 am

      We really did! You and yours would love it too I bet xx

  5. September 20, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Oxford looks like a beautiful place! Crocodiles of the world sounds like such good fun 🙂

  6. September 20, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to Oxford. But it sounds similar to York in the sense that you can’t really get in there by car. Love the sound of Noke. Anywhere that’s tucked away is right up my street!! Nice that you got to meet up with Natasha

    • September 20, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Yeah York is big on the whole Park& Ride thing too! I think you’d love it!

  7. September 20, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Great post and thanks so much for visiting. Come back soon! x

    • September 22, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      I’m finding excuses to visit again!

  8. September 20, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time. I’d put history and architecture above cars any day too! x

  9. Kaelyn
    September 20, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    That photo from Oxford is amazing! Wonderful adventure!

  10. September 21, 2017 / 7:59 am

    How funny! I’ve stayed in the same place! I loved it 🙂 we visited Blenheim Palace as well when we were there. I love Oxford. If only I could afford to live there!

    • September 22, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Yeah!! Thats ace! We were going to go there but ran out of time

  11. September 23, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Great photographs, Susie. Love the architecture shots. Glad you had a fab time!

    • September 25, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Ah thanks so much Juan! Have you been?

  12. September 25, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Great post! It sounds like you had a lovely time there. I went to Oxford for the weekend when I was pregnant with my youngest and adored it. I’m definitely over due a trip back again! x

    • September 25, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Ah brill! Yeah go back, bet its magical at xmas!

  13. September 27, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Looks like you had an awesome time! I really enjoyed visiting Oxford and it’s always so nice to get out into the country! x

  14. Brian Joseph
    October 10, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I am the regular reader of your blog. Your blogs help me a lot.