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