The Alice in Wonderland Shop was the Victorian sweet shop visited by Alice Liddell, the prototype for the character of Alice in Lewis Carroll's books. Shown in 'Through the Looking Glass', the shop now offers a wide range of Alice in Wonderland gifts. Personally, I preferred the gallery where you can find books on the subject, original prints and illustrations etc. But, if you are travelling with children, they will probably love the shop, which is full of all kinds of curiosities. It might even encourage them to read the two books, if they don't know them yet.
When you get tired of browsing through the stocks, take a rest in the tearoom, which is now closed for the winter though. Perhaps just as well as this place is said locally to be very expensive - only for tourists.
Update: Actually, my picture shows the old Alice's Shop as it used to look. It is now Cafe Loco and the shop is just two doors away from it.
What to buy: Books, old prints
What to pay: It depends on your choice of items
Address: 83 St. Aldate's
Directions: Close to Christ Church, on the opposite side of St. Aldate's
I'll let Alice's shop tell you about itself!
Right in the heart of Alice’s Oxford home.
One of the most famous little shops in the world.
Full of all manner of curious things.
Did you know…?
Alice’s Shop was the original Old Sheep Shop in ‘Through The Looking Glass’.
The real-life Alice Liddell used to buy her barley sugar sweets from here.
The shopkeeper had a bleating voice like a sheep, so Lewis Carroll made her into a character in the story, and the shop into a location.
In Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations everything is mirror-image reversed, as it would be through a looking glass.
The shop has existed since the 1830s, in a 500 year old building.
It became Alice’s Shop, an Alice themed gift store, in 1965.
We welcome over 500,000 visitors a year, from all over the world.
The Original Alice Shop
It really is an Old Curiosity Shop, a tiny space with hidden treasures.
We have one of the largest ranges of Alice gifts, souvenirs, collectibles, pictures – everything you could ever want to find on an Alice theme.
Once you’ve finished exploring the Shop, Museum and Christ Church you will need a tea break.
Our fully licensed tearoom has a fantastic selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice creams.
Take in the wonderful view of Christ Church whilst you enjoy your meal or snack.
Why not bring a group and make your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?
The Alice Gallery
Within the tearoom you can find our Gallery showcasing some of the best new original works on the Alice theme.
New illustrators are following on from Tenniel, Rackham, Steadman, Peake and Dali.
Browse our range of paintings, ceramics, tableware, glass and installations.
Pick up a limited edition print as a special occasion present.
Choose a piece from £50 to £2000
What to buy: They stock many items from around the world – pewter figures, chess sets, books, and more.
They also produce our own ranges including china, clocks and fabrics, celebrating all the magical characters.
Discover much more when you visit.
Step back into the magical world of the Looking Glass.
Personally, I feel spoiled for choice, though I love Arthur Rackham's prints!
What to pay: Go mad, its worth it!
Address: 83 St Aldate's
Directions: From City Centre along St Aldate's
Phone: 01865 723793
Centrally in the Covered Market is a very unique tourist draw that happens to be a bakery. My eyes were entanced looking through the window of culinary delight. Themed cakes- from wedding to birthday and from a Harry Potter to about any dreamed up whimiscal are made with impressive artistry. My nose was alll a twitter as well. The Cake Shop is beyond a bakery- equally an artist studio of sorts. Shoppers can also pick up baking acessories for their own needs at home. Since 1986, the bakery has been in the historic Covered market centre of town. On the shop website, orders can be made. Expect to pay a minimum of 39 pounds for a small (6") cake. However, I noticed slightly more affordable occasional cakes at the store.
For specific order questions, email :
Open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm
What to pay: 40-120 pounds for cakes between 6"-12"
Address: 123-127, Avenue 4 (Ox)& 13 Bridge Street (Banbury)
Directions: in the Covered Market, Oxford (main location)
Phone: Oxford 01865 248691
This shop seels University and College souvenirs. They accept both Dollars and Yen - giving a clue to where their biggest customer base lies.