The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4TA, United Kingdom
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Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by shutterlust

I've just moved to Oxford and my contact list is about as long as my pinky finger. Any locals here interested in meeting up for a beverage of sorts? I am here for a good long while and that good long while is filled with sweet nothings schedule is flexible. Let's hang out! :)

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by craic

oxford britland?

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by shutterlust

um...yes?? :)

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by craic

how totally brilliant

half your luck

never been to britland

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by craic

well, you speak the language so your are 95% there

you are a yank emmet you?

in my experience meeting brits - travelling through the antipodes - they don't like personal questions

like i mean i just asked one brit how he liked oz and he acted as if i had asked if he changed his underwear every week

i checked it out with husband who had spent many years in britland and he said my question was too personal

so i said - well - what the farrrk do you talk about in the britland?

and he said - the weather - nothing personal

but mebbee it has changed -

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by brazzi

you will not have any problems in oxford communicating with brits,
it helps if you go to venues where you have something in common with people.
there are lots of music venues,pop,rock, classical,and all other types,it depends on what your interests are and if you are lucky enough on the day
to find someone who just wants to chill.
i know oxford quite well, as my work is based nearby,and sometimes takes me into
the town to service various places.
feel free to e mail me if you are not quite sure about areas/places you want to go for advice on safety etc.

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by dave.richards


Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by brazzi

i think they meant BrrrI.T.Land.
it sounds like a cold place where computer tekkies
go to cool down after fixing computers for morons.

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by dave.richards

Ah, I see. So instead of an Xbox, they use an Icebox? If you put a computer in the deepfreeze, do you get frozen chips?

Re: Any locals want to meet up in Oxford?

by brazzi

nice one Dave,its nice to see some people on here still have a sense
of humour.
usually someone would have risked brain/computer damage searching for BrrrI.Tland,while trying to impress everyone with their knowledge of
absolutely everywhere.and forgeting the purpose of a travel forum,
to help people with useful info of places you have been to.

Travel Tips for Oxford

Toilet tip

by jo104

If you are bursting for the loo when you get off the train you are greeted by clean & free toilets in the ticket hall.

The public conveniences are conveniently signposted on the maps & roads.

Oxford in three days - an itinerary

by King_Golo

Being in Oxford for three days gives you enough time to discover several colleges, the beautiful parks of Oxford and also some of the vicinity. You might want to go out to the Cotswolds for one day or to Blenheim Palace for half a day. Alternatively, you could spend some time in the city's museums.

Your first day in Oxford

Take the itinerary recommended in "Oxford in one afternoon" and start in the morning, taking a little more time for your visits. You might want to visit Christ Church first: Most tourists come in the afternoon and it's not uncommon to have the college for yourself in the morning. Keep in mind that most other colleges only open from 2 to 5pm.

Your second day in Oxford

A good starting point might be the Covered Market in the city centre. There are many tiny shops and food stalls which provide excellent photo opportunities. Don't miss the "Cake Shop" where skilled confectioners create the most marvellous cakes before your very eyes. Do you want to have a Harley Davidson-shaped cake? No problem! Is your wive into knitting and you want to surprise her with a sweet little gift the shape of a ball of wool? It will be ready pronto. Look out for the Hot Dog on display - and if you're lucky you can also see Darth Vader made from marzipan! Don't leave the Covered Market without either a cookie from Ben's Cookies or a milk-shake from Moo Moo's.
If you feel like walking now, you could do the one-hour walk to Iffley Lock. Walk down St. Aldate's and cross Folly Bridge, turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the Thames downstream to the lock. Watch the students' rowing training or take a look at the house boats mooring on the riverside. Further downstream, look out for fritillaries if you are in Oxford in mid- or late April. When you have reached the lock, you can also visit the village of Iffley with its reed-covered houses and the 12th century church. Walk back up the river until you're in the city centre again.
Time for some food now: All along George Street are restaurants (mainly Italian), among them Jamie's Italian by the English star chef Jamie Oliver. On High Street is a great Thai place (Chiang Mai Kitchen). Cowley Road, a kilometre away from the city centre, is also a good place to eat with restaurants ranging from Indian to Russian and from Greek to Jamaican. Or you just grab a sandwich at Pret, located in a former brothel on Cornmarket Street which is supposed to be haunted.
The afternoon is once more dedicated to the colleges: There's St. John's on St. Giles, the richest college of Oxford. They say that you could walk from Oxford to Cambridge without leaving St. John's grounds. While this may exaggerated, it's nonetheless true that the college is very wealthy. Even the gutters are gilded... Don't miss the huge college garden which is particularly beautiful in spring when every plant is in full bloom. The next college you ought to see is New College which isn't that new anymore (founded in 1379). It's got several of Oxford's most spectacular gargoyles as well as a grandeur that you can hardly find in other colleges. You ought to not miss the cloister and the college chapel. The college garden, surrounded by the remains of Oxford's city walls, is great for a little stroll. The next college on your list is Magdalen College: 550 years old, home to C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde (and a herd of approximately 60 deer) and the one with the craziest gargoyles. Look out for the sun-glasses gargoyle on the spire or the baby-eating dragon... Magdalen College is not only very beautiful, but also the best place to relax. Walking along Addison's Walk which surrounds the deer park you can be but amazed at the fact that areas this large in the centre of a prospering city are simply unbuilt on. But you should also keep in mind that there was a plan to build a highway via Christ Church Meadow, another one of these natural refuges in Oxford, only two decades ago.
Of course there are many other colleges to choose from. If you have time and are still in the mood for college visits, check out some more. If not, you might want to get some food again and enjoy a drink in one of Oxford's smallest pubs: The Bear. Its walls are full of ties: They say that there are more than 5,000 ties in the pub. Apart from that, The Bear is also a great place for a drink, especially in winter when two fireplaces provide for enough heat to forget the sleet outside.

Your third day in Oxford

In case you don't want to go to the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace or any other place around Oxford, you might want to spend that day in Oxford's museums. There's the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford's biggest and most famous. It is packed with art from different centuries, but also with excavation finds such as Roman coins. If you are into art, you can easily spend a whole day here. If not, you might want to visit the Pitt-Rivers museum. Donated by Lieutenant Pitt-Rivers, a collector of sorts, under the condition that the university opens a chair for anthropology, the museum displays all kinds of curious man-made things: bone whistles, clothes from the Arctic, combs from Cameroon and many more. Children, on the other hand, will gladly visit this place with you as the first room of the museum is full of animal skeletons (even a dinosaur!), and there are many activities for the little ones to participate in.
If you prefer to be outside, there are several nice walks that you could try out. Shortly behind the railway station is a very nice path along river Thames that leads you out of the city towards the village of Wolvercote. En route you pass many colourful house boats and several sites where swimming in the Thames is possible. The water up here is still clean enough and the scenery could not be more beautiful: wide open skies above Port Meadow, another one of these nature refuges in Oxford, and the wind rustling in the old trees. Another option is to discover the Oxford Canal just west of the city centre. You can walk up the canal through this tranquil part of Oxford and cross any one of the bridges which will take you to Jericho, a nice part of the city. Another idea is to walk through the University Parks.
You should also not miss punting on the river Cherwell. Punts can be hired at Magdalen Bridge or at the north end of the University Parks at the Cherwell Boathouse.

Walking Back To The Train Station...

by coceng

This was my lasy photo in Oxford...
Passing this flowery building, could be a restaurant or pub.
So, I was in Oxford for about 2 hours & managed to accomplised a lot ! Judging from all the photos that you could see on this My Oxford Page !
No drink & no eating in Oxford...Well, maybe the previous night a KFC dinner with Pat !
I wish I could stay longer to explore Oxford.
Anyway, I had to continue with my journey; Had to reach back to London by 12 noon or so, to explore London with sweet friends, Reg & Steve...MY LONDON PAGE

Getting the word right

by Ginaravens

Some may snigger if you are too literal & get it wrong, but Oxford boasts a Magdalene Road, a Magdalene Street, a Magdalene college & a magdalene bridge.

They are all pronounced Maudlin, and we appreciate anyone taking the trouble to get the name right here.

I love canals!

by planxty

On eof my greatest pleasures in life is walking beside either rivers or canals. The canal system in Britain is so fascinating I would recommend it to any visitor to spend at least half a day just exploring a canalside somewhere.

Many people come to Oxford and never even know there is a canal there. I suppose it's understandable with so many other interesting things to do, but I always like to have a little walk and look at the boats.

Should you want to walk the entire length (some 77 miles) all the way to Coventry, the website given is a good start point. It's another thing on my "to do" list!


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