Oxford High Flyers
Collected by Isobel Kay
Oxford has it all. Good looking, fine pedigree and constantly surprising.
S Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, UK
So you are looking for something out of the ordinary. Perhaps some shrunken heads, the trophies of Amazonian tribal communities? Or a Sussex witch trapped in a bottle? Maybe a severed finger is more your style, or instruments of self-torture?...
Minster Lovell, Witney OX29, UK
For most ruins, you need a lot of imagination, as by definition, the buildings have collapsed and nothing more than an odd wall or pile of bricks remain. Not so at Minister Lovell. As you walk through the village (past the immaculate cottages,...
Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY, UK
You don’t need to break the law to experience a night in a cell. Oxford’s prison, located in the centre of the city, in the medieval Castle Quarter, has been creatively converted into a chic boutique hotel with luxurious decor and, thankfully,...
67 Cranham St, Oxford OX2 6DE, UK
Even the name is brilliant – a tongue in cheek nod to the Grande Dame of the Oxford University Press just round the corner and a whisper that it's a bit rough round the edges. After all, this is Jericho, one of the most interesting and eclectic...
12 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JS, UK
It’s difficult to choose just one pub in Oxford, but the Lamb & Flag is rather special - it’s owned by one of Oxford’s richest colleges, St John’s, and even has its own graduate scholarship funded by the profits. Never has consuming a pint of beer...
Pronounced Bister, this isn’t really a village at all. Not in the real sense of the word. But it is an outlet shopping centre, on steroids, and is so popular it causes traffic jams on the A34 and seems to double in size every few years or so. And...
42 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LW, UK
What makes this fair, held on the Monday and Tuesday after September 1st, so unusual, and so much fun, is that it is occurs in the centre of town, at the intersection of the two important arteries, Banbury and Woodstock Roads. The roads are...
North Gate Hall, St Michael's St, Oxford OX1 2DU, UK
Quirky. Authentic. Original. And that’s just the interior. You’d never believe this was part of a fast-growing national chain of restaurants as this Bill’s has a very hands-on, personal approach to the décor, food and service. Chunky wooden...
Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LN, UK
I have an Oxford-based friend who treats herself every year to a week’s stay in this hotel. She insists that it’s not up to the advertised 5* standard and prices to match. But it has a certain charm that keeps pulling her back. Perhaps it’s the...
Market St, Oxford OX1 3DZ, UK
It’s easy to take the familiar for granted, and the Covered Market is no exception. For over 200 years, it’s been the beating heart of the city, bustling with traders, tourists and locals alike. But controversially, its very existence is...
5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP, UK
Regarded as an institution, this cocktail bar attracts a young and gregarious crowd. Some of the best cocktails in Oxford are made by the skilled mixologists, who work hard for their money as the generous happy hour, from 5-9pm Sunday - Thursday,...
Woodstock OX20 1PP, UK
Only 20 minutes from the centre of Oxford you’ll find the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and, had his plans to invade Britain succeeded, the potential home to Hitler. Now residence of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Malborough, Blenheim Palace...
16-17 Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DH, UK
This is a place that makes you feel good. It’s not just a restaurant. It’s a ‘social enterprise.’ All proceeds go to The Hub (housed in the same building) which supports and encourages student engagement with social and environmental issues. When...
56 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AE, UK
Jericho has always been an interesting neighbourhood, inspiring poets (Betjeman), artists (the Pre-Raphaelites) and writers (Philip Pullman). Dating back to Saxon times, it offered refuge in the 17th century to those travelling from the north...
40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ, UK
The Old Fire Station has been in existence from 1894 - first as the name suggests, a fire station, and then latterly various incarnations as a theatre, performance and gallery. Now it's a cultural hub, everything from gigs, theatre, comedy, spoken...
25 Walton Cres, Oxford OX1 2JG, UK
You can tell a good restaurant by just walking past. Fortunately, the large windows let you see just how popular this place is. Family run since 1988, claiming to be one of the first Lebanese restaurants outside of London, it's now part of the...
57 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AE, UK
Such is the popularity of the Phoenix Picturehouse, you often have to book to guarantee seats. An established destination in Jericho, it adds massively to the neighbourhood's reputation of a thoroughly thriving and eclectic part of Oxford. It's a...
Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AH, UK
There's nothing like imbibing a well-crafted cocktail in the apse of a church for spiritual enlightenment. Freud is an established drinking den in the heart of Jericho, a neighbourhood well-endowed with fine eateries and pubs and cocktail bars....
Wytham, Oxford OX2 8QA, UK
On a bright, brisk Winter's morning, there's nothing like a warm and cosy pub to restore feeling in fingers and feet. Having been recently renovated, The White Hart is a true local's pub - small bar, roaring fire, mish mash of wooden chairs and...
Lacock, Chippenham SN15, UK
Visiting Lacock village is like travelling back in time – the medieval village has been preserved so well that it is often used in filming (think Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter films, Cranford.) Wander round the Tithe Barn and look out for the...
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