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 &lsquo;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 /> <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 /> <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 &amp; 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 /> <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.

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