Oxford is situated on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds, and is bordered east and west by two rivers, the Thames (or Isis as it is known locally) and the Cherwell. The Eastern side of the Cotswolds, home to Blenheim Palace, provides stunning backdrops for a range of country pursuits, whilst the two rivers (and the canal) play host to a large variety of water activities. The town is, of course, famous the world over as a home of knowledge. The university dominates the reputation of this beautiful city, but there's a lot more to Oxford than its college spires.
Oxford is a cosmopolitan and pleasantly compact town; the main streets span out from Carfax tower in the centre, and are host to a mixture of restaurants, shops, cafes and numerous university buildings. Just walking through the town is an experience: the buildings radiate an old world charm and warmth, whilst a stroll along the river banks can be very calming. To see Oxford from a different angle hop in a boat, if you take a cruise further up stream you'll be rewarded with some magnificent views and may have time to stop for a picnic. Alternatively hire a couple of punts and take turns being captain, messing about on the water is guaranteed fun.
If you fancy a spot of retail therapy Oxford has plenty to offer, from the well-known high street names and modern shopping malls to the interesting Victorian covered market in the High Street. The local crowds are quite discerning, so if you fancy being pampered, you can be sure that a visit to the local spa will be a luxurious experience. As for food and drink, you may enjoy sitting outside a café on a cold crisp morning, sipping a hot chocolate and watching the world go by, or you may prefer a gourmet feast prepared by a Michelin starred chef, Oxford has both and everything in between.
Oxford is also big on nightlife. Around the city there are a number of theatres showing everything from stand-up to ballet, while the centre is alive with bars, cafes and a few clubs. At Acacia we would suggest you take a walk to Jericho, just outside the old city wall. This area of Oxford was, back in the 50's, home to the red light district but it has cleaned up it's act and is now host to a variety of cool bars and top notch restaurants.
For some rural adventure the Cotswold's are home to the traditional country pursuits of horse-riding, shooting and golf. Trekking out on horseback to a country pub for lunch or to a remote spot for a gourmet picnic might be your idea of heaven? Or maybe clay shooting is a sport you'd like to try out? Either is a perfect way for a group of friends to get together, have fun and enjoy each others company. However, if golf is your thing, then there are a few courses which promise fresh air, great views and some serious water hazards.
For hundreds of years Oxford has been a gateway to the Cotswolds, it still is, but here at a Acacia, we see it as more of a partnership. Together, Oxford and the Cotswolds have everything required to make your break both exciting and relaxing, and will present you and your friends with numerous opportunities to enjoy each others company.
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