Fun things to do with the kids: A day trip to Oxford

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Fun things to do with the kids: A day trip to Oxford

Are you thinking about places to visit in Oxford with your little one or ones but no sure where to start? Well don’t stress, we have made a list of fun places and things to do with your family that will inspire you.

The city of Oxford is steeped in history and world renowned for its prestigious University, you will be spoilt for choice with things to do and places to visit.

Continue reading to find out about some of the fun things to do in Oxford:

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Live on Stage at New Theatre

Direct from a smash hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the stage, celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book!

Museum of Oxford

This fantastic museum tells the story of Oxford and its people in two different exhibits, you can explore the city’s past and present. In the past room, you will learn all about the city’s history and how things have developed. There are many objects to see ranging from Roman pottery to marmalade jars. In the present section there are four virtual high-speed bikes that take you north, south, east and west of the Town Hall taking in the city’s highlights.

Christchurch College

One of Oxford’s most famous colleges and a must for Harry Potter fans - the Great Hall here was used as inspiration for the movies and some of the filming took place in parts of the College. It’s also the college where Lewis Carroll lived when he wrote Alice in Wonderland, inspired by the daughter of the Dean of the college - some of the windows in the Great Hall tell the story of Alice. The college is open to the public but queues can be long and the college will be closed at certain times so check their website for details. Christchurch Meadow is a parkland stretching down to the River Cherwell and a good place to have a picnic in summer before going boating.  As you wander around Oxford you’ll see various colleges with areas open to the public, it’s well worth popping in to one or two.

Port Meadow

The perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. You'll find wild horses in the 30-hectare meadow, along with Widgeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, common Shelduck, Ruff, Redshank, Dunlin, Lapwing, Snipe and Golden Plover at various times of the year. There's enough space here to fly a kite, take a long walk or picnic in peace – and it's only a 15 minute walk from the city centre. The views back to the skyline of dreamy spires are worth the walk alone.

Bodleian Library 

You can tour the library but if you are going with kids you may be better off doing the children’s trail that takes you around the outside of the Bodleian and other nearby buildings with things to look for. You can buy these tours from the ticket office on site for a small charge. It takes about half an hour and the kids will really enjoy it. With your ticket you can also pop into the Divinity Hall of the Bodleian, which is the hospital in the Harry Potter films. Allow half an hour for the outdoor trail and a peak in Divinity Hall.

Come and enjoy 55 minutes of the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

Looking for Oxford attractions or things to do in Oxford? Check out the fun and entertaining hit show 'Tiger Who Came To Tea' at New Theatre - showing from Monday 21st October to Wednesday 23rd October. Book your tickets now!


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'A delight from start to finish'

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