how to spend a day in oxford

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The beautiful city of Oxford is an absolute must-do for anyone visiting the UK. It’s easy to reach by train, with the station being right in the middle of the populated centre.

The highlight of any visit to Oxford is seeing the 38 colleges that make up the stunning Oxford University, arguably the best in the UK. The best way to see all the parts with exclusive access usually only granted to students is to pay for a walking tour.

The company we chose was the Oxford Walking Tour, an all-inclusive tour providing entry to many of the colleges, museums, libraries and theatres that normally have individual admission prices ranging from 1-5 pounds each. Our guide Stuart was very knowledgeable about all the history and facts regarding the various colleges within the university and other buildings in town.

Each college has its own quad which includes a college green, dining hall, chapel, library, Fellows’ studies and student housing. Each college is known for having a subject specialization, although most of them do not limit their teaching to just one subject. Each college provides individual tutoring from the Fellows within their college, and students attend lecture classes around the city of Oxford in various faculty buildings and departments.

As an avid Harry Potter fan, visiting the colleges where the hallways of Hogwarts and the Divinity School where the Hospital Wing were filmed brought me to tears. Oxford truly brings the magic of Hogwarts to life, and is a must-do for Harry Potter fanatics.

Be sure to take the time to stop in at the Bodleian Library, The Turf Tavern – the oldest pub in Oxford, and under the iconic Bridge of Sighs of Hertford College.

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*Including photos by Michelle

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