Oxford may have a high appeal all year round, but there is nothing quite like the summer months. The sunshine brings with it a sunny disposition, a local community eager to make the most of every moment and loads of visitors and activities that just aren’t the same in any other season. Experience the Best of Oxford City this Summer: From Punting and Parks to Our Favourite Oxford University Souvenirs!
If you’re visiting Oxford, a leisurely stroll through the university’s historic colleges is a must. Colleges like Christ Church, Magdalen College, and the Bodleian Library all have beautiful gardens that are perfect for a summer walk.
Located near Magdalen College, the Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. It features a wide variety of plants, including a herb garden, glasshouses, and beautiful flower beds.
Punting is a quintessential Oxford experience. Hire a punt with Cherwell Boathouse (a flat-bottomed boat), and you’re free to navigate the scenic River Cherwell while enjoying the tranquil surroundings and views of the college boathouses and meadows.
Oxford has several picturesque parks and meadows where you can relax, have a picnic, or play games. University Parks, Christ Church Meadow, and Port Meadow are popular choices for outdoor activities and leisurely walks.
A guided walking tour of Oxford is an excellent way to get your bearings and build your Oxford knowledge. Guides make these tours engaging and entertaining, sharing Oxford’s history and architecture with interesting stories about famous landmarks, colleges, and notable figures.
The Ashmolean Museum is an excellent indoor option. It’s one of the world’s oldest public museums and houses an impressive collection of art and artefacts. You can easily spend a day exploring the exhibits, including Egyptian mummies, classical sculptures, and modern art.
The Covered Market in the heart of Oxford is a bustling indoor market with a wide range of shops, boutiques, and food stalls. Explore the diverse offerings, from fresh produce and local products to unique gifts and souvenirs.
No summer holiday is complete without some souvenirs to remember it by. The Varsity Shop has a huge range of goodies for everyone.
After your punt down the River Cherwell, you can consider yourself an honorary Oxford rower, and with that, the Oxford Colleges Rowing Blades T-Shirt is the ultimate souvenir. Made from 100% cotton, available in either pale blue or sapphire, this t-shirt celebrates the spirit of rowing and its long history in Oxford.
If rowing is not your style and you want a t-shirt to celebrate your favourite college instead, The Varsity Shop has a range of college t-shirts available. These can be custom-made so you can get the perfect souvenir featuring the college of your desire.
The cut-out Oxford University baseball cap is one of our favourites. It has an adjustable strap at the back, providing a customised fit for a wide range of head sizes and comfort preferences.
The Oxford University Navy Baseball Cap is a classic. Whether you’re a student, alumni or a fan, this design never goes out of style.
We make college baseball caps with the crest of your favourite college so you can represent them on holiday and at home.
There is really no better practical souvenir than an insulated water bottle designed with Oxford flare to keep you hydrated and remind you of your time in our beautiful city. We also have a range of mugs and coasters for your other favourite drinks.
Shop the complete range of Oxford souvenirs from The Varsity Shop.