“The British don’t know how to enjoy a sunny day!” said no one ever. Whether you’re visiting in the fall, winter, spring, or summer, the sun is not guaranteed to shine, which is something I quickly learned when I lived in England back in 2012. Therefore, you better believe that when blue skies appear, all of England is out and ready to enjoy…. even if it’s only 50 degrees. Who cares?! Break out your shorts.
I was lucky enough to spend a sunny day in Oxford two months ago and experience the magic of a sunny day in England. Dramatic as it sounds, that’s how it felt! Magical. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
If you’re visiting London, a day trip to Oxford is the perfect excursion. Yes, it’s touristy, but completely worth it. If you want to escape the huge crowds, like I did, try going in the middle of the week. There’s no need to book an organized tour. Megabus offers the cheapest rates and their buses to Oxford depart from different locations in London almost every hour and are extremely clean and comfortable. I purchased a roundtrip ticket on a Monday for 10 pounds. I’m not being paid by them to say that. Their fares really are that good! I’ve used them to travel all throughout England.
Here are a few of my recommendations for free and inexpensive things to do around Oxford on a sunny day…
1. University Church of St Mary the Virgin – It’s free to enter, and 4 pounds to climb to the top of the church tower for absolutely stunning views of the city.
2. Christ Church Meadow – Free, and a perfect place to enjoy a picnic. It’s impossible to take a bad photo here.
3. Bodleian Library Tour – The price of a guided tour is 7 pounds and takes you in and around the famous library. Definitely worth the money!
4. Take a stroll – Obviously free and not ground breaking advice. But seriously, the BEST activity to do in Oxford is simply stroll around the cobbled streets and soak in the incredible history of this university that was founded over 900 years ago.
Have you been to Oxford before or experienced a gloriously sunny day in England? I’d love to know in the comments below!