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A perfect 48 hours in the City of Dreaming Spires

This summer is the perfect time to explore Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires” named after the stunning architecture of the university buildings and home of course to Keble College, one of the biggest colleges at the University of Oxford.

Oxford is a city spoilt with history, beautiful buildings and museums, fantastic places to eat and drink, superb shopping and the home to many TV and movie sets!

If you are looking for a short break that offers history and culture with the bustle of a cosmopolitan city and stunning countryside on the doorstep, Oxford is the city for you!

48 hours in the city will give you a fantastic flavour of Oxford life. We’ve pulled together some our favourite things to see and do to help you with your stay.

Day 1

Start your day with breakfast in the stunning Keble College dining hall, your choice of full English or continental under the gothic ceiling arches.

Exploring the city can be done in many ways, Hop On Hop Off bus tour, walking tour or simply wander through the city at your leisure

If you fancy a guided tour, then you have direct access to local expert guides. You may even pick up a few hidden paths and personal recommendations from the locals. There are many different types of tours to choose from, highlights of the city, Oxford University & College tours, TV and film locations (including Harry Potter), and ghost tours for an evening’s entertainment. You can also book a bike tour if preferred and blend in with the locals!

The world famous Oxford University is made up of more than 30 different colleges, or academic communities, spread across the city. Each college has its dining hall…just think the “Harry Potter Hall”, and you’ll instantly picture this magnificent gothic dining hall. The largest is found at Keble College.

After a busy morning, seek out one of our many independent cafes such as The Jericho Café in the fashionable suburb of Oxford or The Grand Café on the High Street (one of the first coffee houses in England according to Samuel Pepys’ Diary). Sit back and soak up the atmosphere and architecture that Oxford has to offer.

Your afternoon is spent exploring one of the city’s many museums. Visit the Ashmolean Museum and afterwards, enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea overlooking the city in the rooftop café.

As the evening draws in, why not sample the local food and drink and soak in the surroundings. Discover Oxfords many historical pubs such as the Turf Tavern. Alternatively, head to the River Isis where you can relax in the tranquillity and soak in English tradition at its best at The Head of the River, where you can enjoy a pint or even hire a boat from Salters Steamers.

Day 2

Once again fuel your day with breakfast in the impressive surrounds of the Keble Dining Hall. You’ll need the energy because this is now your chance to shop ‘til you drop with something for everyone in Oxford. From shopping on the High Street through to the new Westgate Oxford centre – and no trip would be complete without visiting the Covered Market, a bustling market full of independent traders.

To continue exploring the city at its best, take a visit to Radcliffe Street where you’ll find the University Church of St Mary the Virgin and the stunning viewing platform that overlooks the city. From there you can see the High Street and the iconic Bodleian Library, offering inspiring exhibitions and tours. Take a short stroll to All Souls College , the tower dates back to the 13th century with gargoyles highlighting the English Gothic style of the building. Perhaps end up in one of Oxford’s independent coffee shops. You can find a selection of retailers here.

Keble College is located in the heart of Oxford, opposite the University Parks and University Museum, where you can visit the Museum of Natural History or take a glorious walk through the expansive University Parks and watch punters on the River Cherwell.

As the evening draws in, why not take a stroll to Westgate Oxford, which has over 20 restaurants, bars and cafes spread over 3 floors, with rooftop bars and restaurants, mixed with some of Oxfords finest shops.

An offer not to miss

This summer we’re launching #keblestaycations where you can create your own unique, authentically Oxford experience. Keble College is opening its historic doors this summer to offer you the chance to stay in the college, with a choice of single, double or twin room, deep cleaned and ready for the UK Staycation of 2021 AND including a delicious breakfast in the Gothic Dining Hall (said to be an inspiration for the great hall in the Harry Potter series).

Bookings are now open for August and September 2021!