Oxford Through My Lens + Recommendations // Part One

I’m so excited to share this post with you all because Oxford was where I spent the majority of my time abroad. I was studying in Oxford and got to explore most of Oxford. Oxford is such a beautiful little city with rich history and architecture. From early mornings to super late nights (sorry mum and dad!!), there was just so much to do and see in Oxford. Andddd, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, there are so many sights to see in Oxford where Harry Potter was filmed and inspired by! So, here’s Oxford through my lens and a few of my recommendations in Oxford.

 

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THINGS TO DO

• • • • • • • • • • 1. BODELAIN LIBRARY • • • • • • • • • • 

Bodelain Library is where the ballroom dancing and hospital was in Harry Potter. Bodelain Library is one of the Oxford University’s library and it’s super pretty to see.  Regardless of whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, this is definitely one of the must visit places in Oxford. The rich architectural detailing in this library is just amazing and the ceilings are super intricate and surreal.

 

• • • • • • • • • •  2. CHRIST CHURCH • • • • • • • • • • 

Another one for those Harry Potter fans! Christ Church is a university college in Oxford and this is where the famous Harry Potter staircase is! The very first Harry Potter movie where Mrs Mcgonagall is leading the students up the stairs? Yep Christ Church is where those famous stairs are!

 

 

• • • • • • • • • •  3. MAGDALEN COLLEGE (+ DEER PARK) • • • • • • • • • • 

 Oxford University has a huge number of colleges scattered around various locations across Oxford. So, it might not be possible to see all of them but if you do want to see a college (which you most definitely should!), I’d definitely recommend Magdalen College. The college is very pretty with such beautiful surroundings and it also features a deer park where there are HEAPS of deers running around!

 

• • • • • • • • • •  4. UNIVERSITY CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN TOWER • • • • • • • • • • 

St Mary The Virgin Tower has a really pretty chapel inside. Definitely worth a visit here! You can also climb the tower to get spectacular views of Oxford!

 

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PLACES TO EAT

• • • • • • • • • • 1. HIGH TEA: GRAND CAFE / PATISSERIE VALERIE • • • • • • • • • •

What’s more British than a high tea?! Oxford has some great places for cute high teas. My friends and I went to the Grand Cafe for our very first high tea and it was incredible. So much food and the aesthetic inside the Grand Cafe is spot on – very luxurious and very much ‘grand’!

Patisserie Valerie on the other hand, I’ve personally not been there for high tea but I’ve heard from my friends who went that it was incredible. They also have such pretty and delicious cakes there – that which I can say was incredible!

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If you need a good restaurant to go to for quality burgers, I’d recommend the Pint Shop. Although it’s a tad expensive than other places, it’s worth it! The burgers are incredible as I’m sure all of the other items on their menu are too!

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Another one for those Harry Potter fans (I’m not even sorry hahah). Legend has it, the cast and crew of the Harry Potter films used to frequent Turf Tavern to eat and relax in between filming and on their breaks. I can vouch for their quality too – it’s pretty good!

 

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And there’s a little insight into a few of the things I’d recommend doing in Oxford. I’m so happy to have spent six months studying in Oxford. There are soooo much more to do in Oxford and it’s even better to walk around everywhere because you’ll stumble upon little cafes / pubs and museums along the way. Oxford is also a great and really pretty city to walk around in. I honestly don’t think you’d get bored exploring Oxford!

Since there was so much to see and do in Oxford, I thought I’d split this ‘Oxford Travel Diary + recommendations’ into a few seperate posts. So, I hope you enjoyed reading my part one and find it helpful if you’re planning on visiting! Look out for my part two!

Have you ever been to Oxford?

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