Oxfordshire is better known for its education, but the food in the area is just as good and is drawing in lots of visitors. When the boffins aren’t researching food, they’re tucking in to delicious local produce like Frank Cooper’s famous Oxford marmalade. If they’re not enjoying the spoils of the local foodie scene, they’re writing about it, and there’s certainly plenty to write about. There are oodles of restaurants and cafes to enjoy, including Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Oxfordshire is also a great place for a pint, as brewing has played a huge role in the area for centuries. There are still a good few breweries to stumble upon, from Brakspear to Wynchwood, and it’s clear that this county takes a lot of pride in their beer.
Rub shoulders with the nation’s brightest students at the historic setting of Oxford University, exploring the 38 colleges from which many of the most noted scholars and famous faces have studied, including Stephen Hawking and Bill Clinton. If you need a break from the books, the whole county is a top-notch destination for outdoorsy types. The stunning Oxfordshire countryside is brilliant for cycling and hiking, and for those more at home on the water, Oxford is the place for punting.
TV and film fans won’t be disappointed, either. It’s the home of Inspector Morse and several of the Harry Potter filming locations, as well as the house that wrote most of The Lord of The Rings in. It’s also the birthplace of Alice in Wonderland, surely one of the best-loved stories of all time. Why not indulge in a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea before enjoying a walking tour that reveals where Alice’s adventures began?
The beautiful county of Oxfordshire really does have something for everyone.