Oxford holidays

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Where the magic happens: 10 of Britain’s most mystical sites
From healing wells to sacred stones, the author of a new guide to Magical Britain selects his favourite wild and enchanting places

Rob Wildwood

16, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Kickstart for bad birdwatchers: joining an expert-led tour on the Thames
Hugh Thomson identifies as a ‘bad birdwatcher’: someone who likes birds, but doesn’t really know much about them

Hugh Thomson

26, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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A very British grand tour … for 2021
Our writer reimagines the cultural odyssey, selecting 12 highlights that together celebrate Britain’s history and modernity

David Bramwell

20, Mar, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Oxford's new Story Museum finds fresh ways to tell tales in Covid era
Lockdown halted the opening of the ‘interactive and sensory experience’ but innovation, and determination, have won the day

Isabel Choat

21, Oct, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Messing about in boats … on the Thames
The Wollaston family should have been sailing the Med this summer, but a serene riverboat adventure more than compensates, with picnics, kingfishers and their own Mr Toad

Sam Wollaston

26, Jul, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Oxford at Christmas: a car-free trip to a city of dreaming spires
The city’s cultural highlights are part of a Christmas-tinged visit – by rail and bus – that also includes a walk by the Thames and Blenheim Palace’s festive extravaganza

Phoebe Taplin

10, Dec, 2019 @6:30 AM

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Parsonage Grill, Oxford: ‘A lazy approach to cooking’ – restaurant review
This pricey but forgettable Oxford establishment is a lesson in disappointment

Jay Rayner

14, Oct, 2018 @5:00 AM

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The Tower House, Oxford: hotel review
This altruistic B&B and restaurant funds social projects and oozes warmth and quirky charm, but the food and some of the decor need a rethink

Tony Naylor

15, Dec, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Poets on tour, part three: silence in Oxford, shouting in Chipping Norton
Today, the road trip reaches the heart of Oxfordshire, where tense political times provide the spark for hijinks and tomfoolery

Gillian Clarke

22, Jun, 2016 @3:13 PM

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Take the kids to … Story Museum, Oxford
This museum is in thrall to the wonder of words with its Narnia and other themed rooms, and a new ‘Animal’ exhibition should boost its magical appeal

Claire Potter

10, Feb, 2016 @11:06 AM

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Top 10 craft beer pubs in Oxford
Oxford’s emerging craft beer scene offers a good mix of cosy, cool and chilled-out city centre pubs and bars

Tony Naylor

19, Jan, 2016 @7:00 AM

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10 unusual British walking tours
From a look at York’s historic toilets to a Depeche Mode tour of Essex, talk a walk on the weird side

Nell Frizzell

14, Mar, 2015 @11:00 AM

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