Top sites to see across Oxford city centre

This city is probably best known for being home to the UK’s oldest university, however, this city is home to so much more with history and culture to see all around you. 

Whether you are in Oxford for a day, weekend or even a week this list should give you lots to do while you are there and if you are anything like me still feel like there is still so much more to explore of this classic city.

Museums

This city is all about learning so its no surprise that there are several museums found across Oxford with something for everyone’s taste you are bound to find one for you.  

Botanic Gardens

Want to explore more of the green spaces in the city then a trip to the Botanic gardens is one to add to your list while navigating your way around the city.

Radcliff Square

Trip to Oxford would be complete without a short walk through Radcliff square and getting a pic of the iconic Radcliff Camera (basically a library for the university)

St. Mary’s Church

Fancy getting more of a bird’s eye view of the city then heading up the tower of St.Mary’s Church is a must and located right next to the Radcliff square visiting both these sites at the same time couldn’t be easier.

Covered Market

This classic historic market has it all from a bite to eat to a spot of shopping, if you want to experience less of the tourist areas then just walking through here will get you to experience from local farmer stalls to small cafes with students having a coffee between lectures will give you a sense to day to day life is like.

University Parks

Another area of green space in the city is the university park with art pieces, bridges along various waterways and ponds a walk around the park is one thing that you defiantly want to do.

Bridge of Sighs

One of the quicker stops you will possibly want to make while in Oxford is walking past the Bridge of Sighs which is also right by Radcliff Square so if you are heading there would recommend walking past the bridge ticking this site of the Oxford bucket list.

Hopefully, this has helped you plan your time in Oxford and some of the sites to visit or inspired you to plan a trip there yourself. 

Finding the positives of COVID

As autumn is now upon us 2020 seems to have got quicker than any other year as it slips away from us with not a lot that we can do about it as safety rules limiting what we can do and changing all the time can make coming up with plans more difficult than ever. However COVID has had many positives it all comes down to how you look at things and sometimes trying to find the good in a bad situation is all you need, which this post aims to do brightening up your day just a little bit more looking at things from a new perspective.

Time for yourself

This is something which has been spoken about a lot and does have some truth behind it, thanks to lockdown people were able to slow down and do those things they never had a chance to do and think about what is important to them. For some it was about getting into that fitness routine you have always wanted too, other it was learning a new skill or a new self-care routine.

But this rare opportunity to have the time to start something for you isn’t something which happens a lot in the busy chaos of life. I know I have taken advantage of this, hopefully continuing as things return to more of a normal setting.

Travel local

With border closing and travelling aboard still coming with some difficulties, it has encouraged more people to travel in their home country seeing things they wouldn’t normally explore going to the untouched parts of your home allowing you to see and experience it in a brand new light. Appreciating the natural beauty and adventure of where you live is something which I hold dear, as a true believer of why travel across the world to see everything when you haven’t even seen your own home

The environment

As one who tries their best to be as environmental where and when possible, hearing various news stories on how fewer people commutating every day and being more active has allowed nature to come out more, which is something I have defiantly noticed with fewer cars I noticed more roadside flowers growing when out on walks, heard more birds singing and even spots one or two deer which I haven’t before thanks to fewer cars flying about scaring them off.

Support local

This is probably my favourite positive about COVID and that is has encouraged people to shop more locally, experience what is around, find the hidden business gems around them rather than heading off to the big store by everyone supporting local also having a positive impact on the local economy and environment.

Hope these positives around COVID has brightened your day even if it is a small amount and allowed you to see things in a new light, but remember don’t worry if you haven’t started or done something you wanted to do the year isn’t over yet, with everyone on their path comparing yourself to others is something you should never do.

Top 6 cities to visit in England

England is known as being full of rolling hills and scenic views but its cities are also something to marvel at with each English city having its unique features to it. While there are many cities up and down the country each with their sites to see and wonders to discover these are probably my favourite cities in England to go visit.

1. Newcastle

This city is probably best known for its nightlife but there is plenty you can do during the day in this city, for example seeing the Angle of the North which gives Newcastle the title as the ‘gateway to the North’ there are still plenty of castles, museums and walks around the city which will keep you busy as well as bars and cafes.

2. London

What would a list of English cities be without the capital on it? Having been London a few times already I still feel like there is still so much this city can offer from museums and art galleries through to various buildings and pieces of amazing architecture. 

3. Oxford

This city is probably best known for being home to the University of Oxford however there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful city from the botanical garden to museums and parks there is something for everyone in this city.

4. Birmingham

This black country city does have more to offer than you think. With a large number of attractions in this city from Cadbury’s World, The Thinktank through to the Sea Life Centre there is always something to do when I visit as well as the Bullring known for shopping a day or even weekend in Birmingham is never boring.

5. Bath

Another must-see city is Bath which of course is best known for the Roman baths, however, the rest of the architecture across the city is something not to be missed with places to visit right across the city as well as several cafes and restaurants for a lovely bite to eat during your time here.

6. Liverpool

This seaside city is full of history and culture when in Liverpool a trip for a walk along the beach is always in order but there are so many other things you can do from Royal Albert Dock to a trip to the Cavern Club as well as several museums.

These are just a few of my favourite cities to visit up and down England with there being so many more to visit as well. If you are travelling to England or fancy exploring more of the country you live in these cities will have plenty for you to see and do. 

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