Day 14: An Oxford adventure

Today was our biggest day of sightseeing, mainly because it was a Saturday so we could take longer. We decided to make the trek up to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Churchill family.

I actually didn’t know much about Blenheim Palace, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was absolutely incredible! It’s currently occupied by the 12th Duke of Marlborough, but half of the palace has been given over to tourists. We did an interactive tour which went through the ancestral history of the palace, including how the Churchill name briefly disappeared and was brought back by one of the Dukes.

That is a cool roof.
That is a cool roof.
I want this library.
I want this library.
Lunch in the outdoor gardens
Lunch in the outdoor gardens
Seriously who wouldn't want to live here??
Seriously who wouldn’t want to live here??

After Blenheim Palace, we hopped over to Oxford. Oxford is quite an interesting place, it feels very secluded from the rest of the world (probably because it is…..it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere). We walked past the Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs, and ducked into (meaning spent an hour in) a bookshop before heading down to the Christchurch College meadow in search of coffee which apparently doesn’t exist in Oxford.

Oxford use the same Chinese textbook as us!
Oxford use the same Chinese textbook as us!
Reading my favourite book in Christchurch meadow
Reading my favourite book in Christchurch meadow

Finally we went to The Turf Tavern, a famous student hangout in Oxford. Bob Hawke apparently downed a litre of ale here in 11 seconds in 1963! And Bill Clinton used to hang out at this pub all the time. We, of course, had Pimm’s to top off the afternoon.

swanmore oxford 2That was the end of our last full day of sightseeing – tomorrow we’re heading to Winchester in the morning, then to Cambridge in the afternoon!

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