For all my fellow Harry Potter fans, this post, and Oxford itself, are for you.
It only took me about an hour and a half to get from London to Oxford by bus, and it was also super cheap, like £10 one way and the bus takes you from Central London right to the heart of Oxford.
What originally drew me to Oxford was definitely the multiple Harry Potter filming locations scattered throughout the town. I grew up with Harry, Hermoine and Ron. Seeing these places in person was so surreal for me. It was an incredible moment standing in the cloisters at New College and realizing how far I have come and how many things I have accomplished that I never thought I would. And as nerdy as it is, being here was one of those things.
Oxford is a beautiful small town with cute cafes, university campuses, churches and cathedrals. It is the embodiment of picturesque, and many times during my weekend here I wished I was an Oxford student. Minus the soul-crushing student debt, of course!
I couldn’t stop in Oxford and not see the Bodleian Library and Divinity Hall. This hall was the filming location for the Infirmary scene at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! I think it would also make an amazing wedding venue, but it is quite pricey at £500 an hour.
New College Cloisters was used as the filming location for several scenes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Even that fact aside, it is such a beautiful area. A bright and grassy courtyard surrounded by the most beautiful architecture.
I also swung by Christ Church and visited the Cloisters, a filming location for the Philosopher’s Stone when Hermoine shows Harry his father’s trophy for Quidditch. I also couldn’t resist swinging by the famous staircase on the grounds that was the grand staircase when the students first arrived at Hogwarts in the Philosopher’s Stone.
I was right in my element all weekend and I would highly recommend visiting Oxford, even if you aren’t a huge Harry Potter buff. It is quaint and beautiful, especially in the spring as all the blooms are just starting to come out.
Where to next?!