Home to the oldest University in the English speaking world, the City of
Oxford is brimming with history and provides endless opportunities for
meandering around its ‘dreaming spires' and gardens. There are also all
manner of fun family activities to enjoy. You can discover the history of Oxford
Prison on a spooky tour with costumed characters, see the sites from an
open-top bus or explore by water in punts, pedaloes or a river bus.
Whilst providing an idyllic setting Oxford has a buzzing and diverse
community and this is most evident to the East of the city. The Cowley Road,
with its numerous international eateries and delis, has independent shops
selling everything from artisan jewellery to ecclesiastical robes. If you are
looking for more up-market boutique shopping, and have money to spend,
then walk northwards from the town centre towards Little Clarendon Street in
Jericho or North Parade in Park Town.
The Oxford University Museums provide a wonderful resource for families.
You can find everything from the quirky and weird at the Pitt Rivers
ethnographic collection to world-class displays of Art & Archaeology at the
newly re-developed Ashmolean. The Natural History Museum (currently
undergoing refurbishment) is a popular choice for young children with its
displays of dinosaurs and objects for children to touch. Most of the museums
are free, and they also provide holiday activities for kids. On a sunny day you
may prefer to picnic in the Oxford University Botanic Gardens, which create a
tranquil haven in the middle of the city.
Oxford has a thriving cultural scene. From theatre and dance to art
and music, it's all here for you to discover at arts venues across the city. Many
of Oxford's talented performers and creatives provide activities and
entertainment for children. Watch out for Funday Sundays at the Pegasus
theatre and listen out for Nick Cope who delights toddlers with his indie-pop
tunes for Under 5s.
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