Visiting Oxford with the kids

If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids during the school holidays, the historic city of Oxford, England, is full of fun things to do for the whole family. UK-based company, Pass Smart, has come up with a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your stay.

Getting around

Wander or cycle around the cobbled streets to get the most of your visit. Most places of interest are within walking distance, but you can also hop in a taxi if the kids get tired.

Oxford, as a university town, has an excellent bus service. You can pay for a single or return ticket, and the stops are clearly sign posted. Exploring by bus is an easy, hassle-free way to get around the city.

The Ashmolean Museum

With regular exhibitions, a fantastic range of classic art and ancient sculptures all under the roof of this beautiful building, there's no shortage of culture to discover. They even have a range of kids programmes to keep the little ones entertained.

For the younger ones, there's the Counting Adventure, helping them count to ten by using ancient artifacts from around the world. They can also participate in the Rabbit Hunt, a fun journey around the museum, in which they're given the task of spotting rabbits in different items.

For the older kids, the Ashmolean have a number of creative, interactive trails to keep them entertained. From the Strike a Pose Trail, which asks them to recreate poses, to the Super Sketching Challenge, which puts their artistic skills to the test, there's so many fun ways to explore the museum.

Admission is free, although you will have to pay to enter the exhibitions. There are lots of museums and art galleries to visit around Oxford, and paying them a visit is the perfect thing to do on a rainy day. Take a break for lunch in the restaurant, and visit the guest shop to pick up a couple of mementos.

The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is definitely worth visiting whilst in Oxford. With flourishing outdoor gardens as well as the glasshouses. The seven glasshouses recreate a range of different climatic conditions, in which plants from all around the world grow.

Take a walk through a range of tropical countries, all in one place, as you share the gardens with Oxford biology students gathering research. The Botanic Garden keep records of each and every plant they grow, so any young budding gardeners out there will be truly inspired.

Open-top bus tour

Exploring Oxford in an open-top bus is one of the most popular ways to sight see. Jump on the bus for an hour long tour, and you'll see everything from the university grounds to the famous Bodleian Library. There's no need to book, just simply jump on and pay the driver.

There are also official walking tours which you can take, covering everything from literature to science. For fans of gruesome facts, there is a Gargoyles and Grotesques Tour which is sure to entertain.

Traditional high tea

Get the full English experience with high tea in one of the many cafes and restaurants around the city. Sample cream tea, scones and finger sandwiches as you absorb your surroundings. Get the kids a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows as they enjoy a selection of homemade cakes; the perfect way to refuel.

No matter how long your stay is, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Oxford. Buy yourself a guide, do a bit of research, and you'll be ready for your trip. If you're staying outside of the city, you could hire a car for the day and travel in. Even if you're traveling on a budget, car hire companies offer very competitive rates for daily hire, so sticking everything you and the kids need in the boot and taking off has never been easier!

This guide to Oxford was written for the Resort Guide by Izzy from; the best way to find a driving instructor in the UK.


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