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Take the train to... Oxford

Take advantage of cheap rail fares and get an education in style and culture on a day-trip to the city of dreaming spires

10AM Experience Hogwarts at Christ Church 

Take a morning stroll around one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford. Here you’ll find Christ Church, the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Hall.

11AM Brunch under the Covered Market

With a great selection of cheeses, cakes and other foodie goodies, Oxford’s Covered Market is the perfect destination once you’ve worked up an appetite.

1PM Take in the view from the top of the Carfax Tower

Work your way up the 99 steps of this tower, to enjoy some stunning views of the city. If you’re worried about keeping an eye on the time, there are two figures known as ‘quarter boys’ on the front of the tower that ring out every quarter of an hour. 

3PM Afternoon tea at The Randolph 

The Restaurant at The Randolph was refurbished in 2005, and the following year was awarded its second rosette by the AA. Rest your heels while you tuck into homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

5PM Explore Oxford Botanic Garden

Home to Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkien’s favourite tree, and as a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, is one of the most diverse collections of plants in the world. How many can you identify?

7PM Watch a play at Oxford Playhouse

Round off your day with a bit of culture. Oxford Playhouse presents a wide range of live performances in drama, comedy, lectures and poetry, providing you with an education in it the arts and the perfect end to your day.