View the City of Spires from the Saxon Tower
Oxford is known as the ‘City of Spires’, owing to its great skyline of Gothic towers and steeples.
The best spot to take some snapshots of this pretty view is from the top of the Saxon tower, which is actually the sole remnant of St. Michael’s church at the North Gate, dating back to 1040, and the oldest building in Oxford. So, take a deep breath and climb the stairs – it is truly worth it.
If it’s the perfect panoramic photo you are looking, you can also visit the Carflax Tower, an imposing medieval construction that offers marvelous views of the city and its countryside.
Go Medieval at Oxford Castle
Originally built in 1071 as a Norman stronghold, Oxford Castle also served as a prison that actually close in 1996!
Now visitors enjoy the informative tour and learn the castle’s history. The whole experience is even more fascinating for children, mainly because of the medieval costumed characters that tell the castle’s tales and sagas.
The Storyteller’s Museum
If you love stories and you acknowledge their instructive value, especially for your children, then the Story Museum in Oxford is the place to go.
A kids’ favorite, it brings to life the characters of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and the Lord of the Rings – tales that came to existence in Oxford. Children can also dress up and impersonate their favourite heroes.
The Richest Plant Collection in the World
Being the oldest gardens in Britain – founded as early as 1621 -, the Botanic Garden has a staggering number of more than 7000 different types of plants, serving as a genuine an oasis right on Oxford’s centre.
Whether you seek relaxation and a serene stroll while bewildered by nature’s beauty, or you find rare plants fascinating, a visit to the Botanic Garden is a must. It is, after all, the most diverse collection of plants in the world.