Oxford is one of the most grand, historic and intriguing towns in England. With its winding medieval streets, ivy-laced stone buildings and ancient churches and libraries, Oxford is "picture perfect" in many ways. The overall sense of romance is enough to inspire many people to consider having their honeymoon in Oxford. Compact and walkable, the town is centered around the famous Oxford University. A center of learning since 1167, Oxford has been the setting for a number of films and has acted as an inspiration for countless famous writers. If all this sounds attractive, you should consider honeymooning in town at least for part of your newlywed getaway.
What To Do in Oxford
Visitors seldom run out of things to see and do while in Oxford. Home to a large student population, Oxford holds on to its youth while also preserving its history. A day in Oxford can begin at Christ Church, the largest and most popular college in the city. This place might seem familiar to you. That is because its design was copied and used for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
In addition to Oxford’s many grand colleges, visitors can roam the city’s gorgeous libraries. These spaces include the Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Library. The vast library is one of the city’s most spectacular buildings. The library collection is said to include a copy of every book printed in Great Britain. Oxford also boasts a number of fine museums including the Ashmolean Museum, home to a collection of art and artifacts from ancient Egypt to the 20th century.
The surrounding countryside is dotted with great houses and rural castles. You can tour places such as Blenheim Palace, Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Landscape Gardens. One of the closest day trips from Oxford is Rousham Park House and Garden. It is just 15 miles north of town. The site is comprised of an expansive 18th century English landscape park and a family mansion from 1635.
Where To Eat
Foodies delight in a chance to sample the restaurants in and around Oxford. Beginning in town, visitors can start their mornings off at Grand Café, the country’s oldest coffeehouse. First opened in 1650, the café is a fine spot for a light meal, which you can enjoy while basking in Oxford’s rich history. For fancier fare, you can head to Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc. The sophisticated and hip brasserie is set in the city’s Jericho neighborhood. It features a seasonal French menu.
Oxford sits right near another Raymond Blanc creation, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Owner of two Michelin stars, the restaurant boasts a two-acre kitchen garden with 90 types of vegetables and a wine cellar with around 1,000 wines. Serving up one of Britain’s best gastronomic experiences, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons places an emphasis on using the freshest and best ingredients.
Where To Stay
While the center of Oxford has too much hustle and bustle for newlyweds, the city is surrounded by charming villages where you can still experience all that Oxford has to offer and then retire for the night to somewhere with lots of peace and calm. Belmond Le Manoir is one of those spots. Adjacent to the aforementioned restaurant, Le Manoir is a boutique hotel just eight miles from Oxford in the village of Great Milton. With 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites, honeymooners are treated to unique accommodations. Rooms come equipped with marble bathrooms, one of kind décor, wi-fi and LCD televisions. Guests appreciate amenities such as in-room spa treatments, an onsite cookery school and guided tours of the hotel's idyllic English gardens.
Travel Tips for honeymoon in Oxford
If you are plotting a honeymoon in England and want to take some time to stay in Oxford, you should know that the city is at its most busy in the summer months. For lighter crowds, but still-pleasant weather, you can bet on late spring and early autumn. In terms of trip planning, Oxford is a good base if you want to explore the town and surrounding countryside.
Would you spend some time in Oxford on your honeymoon? Where in town would you like to visit? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.