There are loads of great things to do and places to visit in Oxfordshire. Each month we take one Oxford Bus Company service and tell you where you should be visiting, shopping and eating along its route. This month we take a look at the city4, which serves Abingdon, Cumnor, Botley and Oxford.
1) Abingdon Museum
Location and Bus Stop: Abingdon town centre, a short walk from bus stops on Ock Street.
Abingdon Museum showcases some of the towns most important artifacts, including The Monk’s Map and a reconstruction of the Abingdon Sword. You can also take in fantastic views of Abingdon from the Museum’s roof.
Entry to the Museum galleries is free. Roof tickets are £2 for an adults, £1 for concessions and children (6-16 years). Children under the age of 6 cannot go onto the roof for safety reasons.
2) Rosie’s Tea Room
Location and Bus Stop: West St Helen Street, a short walk from bus stops on Ock Street.
Rosie’s Tea Room is a traditional tea room, located in the heart of Abingdon town centre. We recommend an afternoon tea consisting of scones, sandwiches, cake and tea – a tasty midday treat!
3) Abbey Meadows
Location and Bus Stop: A short walk from bus stops on Ock Street, Abingdon.
Abbey Meadows are the perfect place for a scenic stroll in Abingdon. There are also great leisure facilities based in the meadows, including a pitch and put golf course, crazy golf, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. The heated swimming pool is open each summer between May and September.
4) The Jam Factory
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford Rail Station, opposite bus stops at Frideswide Square.
The Jam Factory is a restaurant, bar and art space located near Oxford Rail Station. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and serves delicious, locally sourced food. The art space hosts a number of exhibitions, classes and workshops throughout the year, a schedule can be seen here.
5) Christ Church Meadow
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford town centre, a short walk from bus stops on St Aldates.
Christ Church is one of Oxford’s most popular Colleges, thanks to its starring role in films like ‘Harry Potter’. However one of Christ Church’s most enjoyable features is the meadow. We recommend a walk down to the river with a picnic or hire a rowing boat at The Head Of The River pub.
6) The Covered Market
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford town centre, a short walk from bus stops on Oxford High Street and St Aldates.
With around 55 independent retailers, Oxford’s historic Covered Market is a great spot for food shopping (Just wander around and take a look at the produce available from the bakers, butchers, fish mongers and veg stalls), gifts and eating out. If you’re feeling peckish, try a Ben’s Cookie or head to Pieminister for a pie and mash dinner.
7) The Missing Bean
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford city centre, a short walk from bus stops on Oxford High Street.
Independent coffee shop The Missing Bean is tucked away on the back streets of Oxford city centre. However your reward for venturing down Turl Street is top coffee, a selection of cakes (we recommend the courgette and lime cake!) and a friendly atmosphere. Space is limited inside, so you might have to wait for a few minutes to find a table.
8) Turl Street Kitchen
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford city centre, a 10 minute walk from bus stops on Oxford High Street.
Turl Street Kitchen is on the corner of Turl Street and Ship Street and is one of Oxford’s best spots for breakfast, lunch, a social drink or dinner. The menu is ever changing and always has items of interest (half a pigs head anyone?). The drinks list is impressive also, if you’re a whisky drinker – make sure you ask the bar staff what’s on offer! Whether its a quick breakfast or a dinner out with friends, you always feel at home at TSK.
9) Bodleian Library
Location and Bus Stop: Oxford city centre, a 10 minute walk from bus stops on Oxford High Street or outside Queens College.
Bodleian Library is one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings and home to over 11 million printed items! You can enjoy the building from the outside via the Old Schools Quad, or take a Guided Tours of the Library itself. The Library also holds a number of events throughout the year.
10) South Park
Location and Bus Stop: Next to bus stops on Morrell Avenue.
As the city4 service heads East through St Clements we recommend stopping at Morrell Avenue for a walk around South Park. Trek up to the top of the hill and you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Oxford and the colleges.
Do you have your own recommendations on the city4 route? If so, we’d love to hear them!