Eccentric Oxford Travel Guide

This new release of Ben le Vay’s enthusiastic and flippant manual for one of the best English urban communities has been refreshed and extended to incorporate significantly additional engaging stories. There is a more regular citizen/non-scholastic unconventionality, there is more neighbourhood history, and there’s an especially captivating piece of military history about Oxford that even numerous local people have never known about. Have 16 ounces in the brilliant focal Oxford bar garden where Bill Clinton didn’t breathe in strange backy, and television’s Controller Morse brought down his pints. Walk around the school quads and groups where pioneers behind a few US states, American progressives and US High Court judges contemplated. In any case, the best part is that figure out how to dropkick like an honorable man in our diverting manual for this weird strategy for transport!

Dreaming towers, honeyed stone, cycling wears … disregard all that traveller nonsense, says Benedict le Vay. Figure out the mysteries the universities don’t maintain that you should be aware, within track on the best bars and eating places, the embarrassment and tattle about nutty teachers and disreputable understudies over a significant time span, the splendid tales about the incredible, the great and the terrible. With eight guides and a blend of variety and highly contrasting delineations and photos, this is the fundamental manual for taking you past ordinary sights. William Morris called Oxford ‘an ideal gem’ of a city; Benedict le Vay goes looking for the quirkier pearls among its middle age back rear entryways. Here wander wacko wears, asinine understudies, barmy blue-bloods and political troublemakers. Who does that beast help you to remember? For what reason is a shark diving into that man’s home? When do understudies bounce barely into the Waterway Cherwell as Latin songs are sung? How would you control a dropkick without looking like an idiot?• Where to gobble an extraordinary cook in a special setting• Where to find an odd museum• Schedule of yearly capricious events press recognition for le Vay’s past Bradt Whimsical aides: ‘Magnificently barmy’, ‘a definitive aide’, ‘An unquestionable requirement’, ‘Unendingly captivating’, ‘Quite possibly of the best’.


Things to Do in Oxford

Barefoot Jericho - Cakes in Oxford

Barefoot Jericho

Barefoot offers homemade cakes, pastries and bread, delicious coffee for eat-in or takeaway in the neighbourhood of Jericho, in Oxford.

Shops to See in Oxford: The Cake Shop - Cakes for Any Occasion

The Cake Shop

The Cake Shop offers ready-made designs and bespoke masterpieces and has been trading since 1986 in Oxford’s Covered Market.


Museums & Art Galleries

Antiques on High - Oxford Museums, Art Galleries and Antiques Shops

Antiques on High

Antiques on High is an antiques and art shop from Oxford founded in 1997 and open seven days a week. It has won several awards.

Aidan Meller Gallery - Oxford Museums and Art Galleries

Aidan Meller Gallery

Aidan Meller Gallery is one of Oxford’s longest-established specialist art galleries. They showcase modern, contemporary and old masters.

Oxford Christ Church College, Canterbury Quadrangle. Image courtesy of Billy Wilson

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church Picture Gallery is an art museum holding an important collection of about 300 Old Master paintings and almost 2,000 drawings and is one of the most important private

Historical Places

Oxford's Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, in Oxford, is a 23-meter-high bell tower that used to belong to a 12th-century church. Here’s how to visit it (and why!).

24-26 Cornmarket Street. Image courtesy of Chuca Cimas.

24-26 Cornmarket Street, Oxford

24-26 Cornmarket Street, in Oxford, is a timber-framed building built in the late 14th century. It belonged to a wine merchant who ran it as an inn, the “New Inn”.

Parks & Meadows

Oxford Parks and Meadows: Oxford Canal - A Breath-taking Walk

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal is a breath-taking option if you’re looking for an enjoyable walk close to the city. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Brasenose Woods in Oxford

Brasenose Wood

Brasenose Wood is a woodland park featuring quiet walking paths and diverse flora. It’s also part of a larger nature reserve in Oxford.

Oxford University Parks. Image courtesy of Piers Nye via Flickr Commons.

Oxford University Parks

Oxford University Parks (or University Parks) is a large park area northeast of the city. The park is open to the public during the day.