Oxford is best known for its outstanding university, but there is a range of other activities to do when visiting this historic city.
Nerds of all kinds will enjoy walking around the famous city and knowing that they are walking in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and the like. Stop off in the Lamb & Flag on St. Giles' for a pint of their own beer where literary greats would meet and discuss their writings. The 500-year old pub with cozy corners and a fireplace to keep you warm, may even inspire you to write a work of art, or at least help you to finish writing your postcards home.
For a younger audience, or fans of Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland, Christ Church on Saint Aldate's is a must-see. The Great Hall in the Harry Potter series was based off the hall in Christ Church, Oxford's largest College. When stepping inside the hall, it's easy to see why they chose this hall to replicate in the film studios. Charles Dodgson came to Christ Church as a student and stayed as a professor where he wrote under his alias 'Lewis Carroll'. Experts in 'Alice' will see parts of Wonderland within the Christ Church grounds as Lewis would pull from what he knew when writing. The Hall and Cathedral are typically open in the afternoon and costs 7GBP for an adult when both are open.
Undoubtedly, one of the best places to eat in Oxford is SoJo, Chinese restaurant. Located on Hythe Bridge Street, SoJo has been known to locals for years and continually satisfies customers and critics. Open everyday from noon to 10pm, SoJo's food comes from three main regions in China: Szechuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese.
If you are looking to splurge for one night, or just want to be able to tell your friends that you spend the night in jail while on vacation, then check out Malmaison Hotel. Beautifuly restored, Malmaison is a renovated jail turned hotel. Prices are 155GBP (roughly $200/night), but if you promise to behave, you can go inside and check out the mail hall.