Oxford-Based Activities Parents Can Enjoy

Visiting Oxford to see your daughter or son at University, attending an open day, showing your parents around or looking for things to do in Oxford that don’t focus on the kids?

We have a list that will guarantee quality time together and a thoroughly enjoyable day out.



To try a treat that is quintessentially English, head to The Grand Café for a decadent afternoon tea. Located in the centre of Oxford on the high street, you can take in the beautiful art deco décor as you chat, catch-up and dine – it is said to be located on the site of the first coffee house in England, if Samuel Pepys’ Diary is to be believed.


For a more substantial meal, head to Pierre Victoire for thoroughly delectable French cuisine, or for something a little more relaxed go to The Angel and Greyhound.


Whatever you choose and whatever your budget, the whole family are sure to be impressed.



If your visit is university related, then the 38 colleges that make up Oxford University are a must see. Not only are they iconic due to their heritage, they are architectural wonders that offer a unique atmosphere each time you visit.


Other sights that you can enjoy with your parents include the Ashmolean; the oldest public museum in the UK. From contemporary China to ancient Egypt, this museum holds a whole host of interesting art and artefacts, enough to capture the whole family’s interest.


Another of our favourite spots is Christ Church Meadow; a beautifully grand church set in the tranquil of the surrounding meadows – you can hardly believe you’re in the heart of the city! This alone makes it a fantastic day trip destination but on top of that the spot attracts it’s very own herd of longhorn cattle, an attraction point for the animal-lovers among us.


To finish off a wonderful sightseeing day, head to the Varsity Club for breath-taking views of the city and one of their exceedingly popular cocktails.


If you are looking for places to stay near Oxford, then look no further. Our convenient accommodation offers exceptional value, so you can get out and about and enjoy all that the city has to offer. Thinking about graduation? Take a look at our favourite restaurants for celebrating – and don’t forget to look at our recent blog that shares insight on how to spend 24 hours in Oxfordshire.

We hope that some of these things to do in Oxford have proven useful. Remember to make Oxford Abingdon your first choice for Oxfordshire accommodation – book direct for the best rates.