Much Ado About Oxford: A City Guide

Distinctive landmark the Oxford Brige of Sighs. Photo by Gina Duncan

There isn’t anything more fitting a visit to the medieval city of Oxford than seeing a Shakespeare play under the trees as the sun sets over the garden. I spent seven weeks traveling around the United Kingdom with my mother one summer. A night at the University of Oxford’s Wadham College with the funniest and most enjoyable characters of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing was a favorite trip moment. The Oxford Shakespeare Company actors had superb comedic timing and gave a clear interpretation of the story. The atmosphere was truly enchanting.

A visit to Oxford is like stepping back in time when some of the world’s greatest authors, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and CS Lewis roamed Broad Street and the halls of the University. On the River Thames, 55 miles west from London; Oxford is filled with fun history. Here are some suggestions on how you can spend two days in England’s most literary inspired city.

London's Paddington Station

Oxford City Guide


Trains leave for the one-hour journey to Oxford from Paddington Station in London every 5-10 minutes.

Once you have arrived in Oxford, the best way to get around is to walk. Everything that you would want to do is within the city center.


There are some unique options for accommodations in Oxford. I checked into the University of Oxford’s Christ Church for special access to explore the gardens, chapels and centuries old architecture not available to daily visitors.

View of Oxford from the top of Oxford Castle & Prison