When I was choosing which city to stay in, I received completely contradictory perspectives from locals. The younger people I spoke to said Bristol was super cool, funky, and like a smaller version of London with lots of places to go out at night, vintage shops, and the large university. Other people however said Bath was THE place that Brits from the south went to vacation. There were lovely places to stay, and lots of sights to see. But – even they said it was tremendously expensive. Judging from those assessments, this extreme introvert figured Bath would be the way to go… but it was not to be.
If you only have 24 hours in Oxford, you’ll have to make some hard choices! Of course, you can always hit the highlight package: the University, the Bodleian Library, the river, the Botanic Garden, Christ Church College, etc. Or, you could get off the tourist trail a little bit and spend 24 hours in Oxford… a little differently.
I visited lots of museums and churches and old things while in Oxford. But the Story Museum was by far my top choice. Whether you are a child, have a child, or would like to remind yourself that you aren’t a child anymore, there’s something for everyone.
Because we were traveling in the off-season, I got a winter deal that included our breakfast, and it was the best included breakfast I’ve had. You can choose off the menu, and breakfast included a coffee, a juice, and a hot dish of your choice. Even if you can’t get a deal that includes breakfast, I would highly recommend eating in the hotel at least once. The room is so delightful and quirky, and really the breakfast was very good. Our deal also came with bottomless hot chocolate, from which I’m sad to say we never did benefit!