Hello! I can already hear the English telling me that Oxford is not part of the Cotswolds! I know! But the city is nearby, and I had to go to Oxford to pick up friends at the station. So I decided to take the opportunity to discover the city before going back to Burford.
What to see in Oxford?
I was only in Oxford for 2 hours. Let’s face it, it’s too short to visit properly. However, I was 100% seduced by the city and will definitely come back. I only wandered in the centre as, unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to tour attractions such as the Divinity School, Christ Church Cathedral or the castle. The castle, let’s talk about it, it’s a NORMAN one! The castle was built 5 years after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. Robert d’Oilly, who is a Norman compatriot, born near Lisieux in Calvados, settled in Oxfordshire and decided to build it. Unfortunately I missed it because my ‘guide’ was an English man. Of course he wasn’t going to show me a symbol of the Norman conquest!
Note to myself and good resolution for 2019: when I visit the UK I’ll never let myself be guided by someone else! I’ll study the area I’m traveling to before to be sure I wont’miss anymore Norman masterpieces!
The city is really beautiful in terms of architecture, and just taking a walk around is a pleasure for the eyes. As I like to discover cities from the top I ventured up the Carfax tower. After 99 steps, I guarantee you a nice view of Oxford.
What to see in Burford?
I was back in the Cotwolds early in the afternoon and wandered in Burford. The main street has been the same since the Tudor time. So, just like Bibury or Stow-on-the-Wold, there are pretty typical stone houses, shops, tea rooms and antiques shops. I recommend checking out:
- The ‘Sweet shop’: please think about your teeth and don’t buy everything!
- The ‘Christmas court’ which is right next to the sweet shop. It’s a small square with cute stores.
- If you want to do some shopping, I found what I was looking for at Sue Tyder. It’s a charity shop with secondhand products. The association helps people in distress and their families.
Depending on how much time you have you can also stop in the many pubs and cafes for a gourmet break! Or, like me, you can also stay overnight at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel. The hotel is not fussy, the staff very welcoming and the breakfast is absolutely delicious!
What kind of architecture do you like the most? Oxford or Burford?
Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)
|Carfax Tower: approx. 20 minutes
£3 per adult