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What’s not to love about Oxford? It is one of the UK’s most visited destinations and is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the second-oldest surviving university in the world. Oxford is brimming with history, beautiful architecture and picturesque streets. If you are finding it difficult to know where to start, we have compiled a list of highlights that we love most about Oxford.
 
Your first stop to Oxford has to be to the Covered Market. This indoor market founded in the 18th Century is home to a number of permanent stalls and shops showcasing the best in local arts and crafts, food and drink. It’s definitely worth a pit-stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. If you think of yourself as a bit of a foodie, take a walk 10 minutes to Jericho where you’ll find cuisine from around the world at the many independent restaurants to satisfy those exotic taste buds. Afterwards, go for a cocktail, there are plenty of bars in the area serving some exquisite classics to completely new concoctions. If you’re more of a film buff, head to the Phoenix Picturehouse, an independent cinema showing the best in foreign films, documentaries and the occasionally blockbuster.  
 
Staying in the Jericho area, you’ll discover the Oxford Canal which stretches all the way from the West Midlands to end in Oxford. Hire a narrow boat to appreciate the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire, in particular the pretty villages of Thrupp and Cropredy – great spots for mooring your boat. If you prefer your feet firmly on the ground, the Oxford Canal Walk is the perfect alternative to enjoy the canal and its beautiful surroundings. There’s also the option of cycling to pick up the pace and discover the wildlife that inhabits the area. Continuing with the water theme, your trip to Oxford wouldn’t be complete without a bit of punting. Whether you hire a chauffeur or attempt the punting yourself, there’s much fun to be had on Oxford’s waterways.
 
Oxford is famous for its beautiful, historic buildings but many people visiting the city may not be aware of its pretty parks, meadows, and gardens. Within 15 minutes’ walk of Oxford’s High St, you’ll find the University Parks, a great place for a picnic spot or to watch a bit of cricket on a hot summer’s day. Open from 8am to dusk, Christ Church Meadows is a tranquil outdoor space bounded by the River Thames, the River Cherwell, and Christ Church College – a perfect spot for watching the world (and the punts) go by. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. Founded in 1621, the gardens started off as Physic Gardens for the study of medicinal plants, since then the gardens continue to be a place for learning and exploring for people of all ages.

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