Oxfordshire Days Out

Oxfordshire County is most famous for being the home of Oxford University. Its main industries are not surprisingly education and tourism, which is driven by visits to the university. Planning an Oxfordshire day out will of course demand a trip to the university, if for no other reason than to see the twin spires of this symbolic landmark. You might wish to secure the services of an Oxfordshire coach hire company upon your arrival. This will give you the flexibility to move about the county as well as the city of Oxford.

There are so many places to visit that are connected to the famous university that it is hard to pick out a single place to start. That said, the Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street at the University is the world’s first museum and it houses a huge collection of items of both historical and scientific interest. Some of the articles that are in this museum include the Alfred Jewel, an ornament from the late 19th century and several drawings by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. A Cezanne painting on display at the museum was stolen by thieves who broke in through the roof of the museum and made off with the painting on December 31st 1999. There was nothing else stolen and the painting has never shown up anywhere since then. In another part of the museum you can find a ceremonial dress worn by Lawrence of Arabia as well as The Messiah Stradivarius violin made by its namesake.

At the end of a long day of exploration and study, you may want to stop off at the Hook Norton Brewery for a quick look at the only brewery that is still powered by a steam engine.