My sister and her children are over visiting from New York this half term so yesterday we headed to Oxford for a day out and to visit an old school friend. 

For ease, we decide to take the park & ride from from Thornhill Park – this was the best park & ride location from the Chalfont’s. The car journey took us just under 40 minutes to drive to the park & ride which was super easy to find, coming off at junction 8 on the M40 onto the A40 then roughly 5 minutes to Thornhill Park which is on the left hand side clearly visible and sign posted. Once parked we bought a parking ticket for the day (up to 11 hours) for £2 via RingGo (there are also dedicated machines that accepts coin and card payments) and then headed for the bus stop. 

We hopped on the 400 bus to Oxford City centre (make sure you’re getting on the bus towards Oxford not London 🙄 – luckily we realised before we set off 😂) A return bus ticket into Oxford for two adults and up to three children costs £4.80 and takes around 18 minutes. Buses run every 15 minutes. 

We got off the bus in the city centre opposite the covered market which is worth walking around. We bought freshly baked cookies from Ben’s Cookies and they were amazing 🤩 The cookies can be bought individually or packaged in bags, boxes and tins, each bearing the logo designed by the well-known artist Quentin Blake. Flavours stretch from chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal and raisin cookies to peanut butter cookies and even coconut cookies! I’ve just seen they deliver too which could be dangerous 😛  They also have locations in London, honestly they were so good so would definitely you try them.

We walked around admiring the amazing architecture (well the adults did anyway 🤣) and walked past the Bodleian Library They are offering family walking tours this half term up to 27 Feb, 1pm-2.30pm which could be worth booking Children’s Stories: A Family walking tour | Visit the Bodleian Libraries and they also offer daily walking tours which last Between 90 – 120 minutes allowing you to Discover the vibrant history of the oldest university in the English-speaking world and how Oxford grew from a small market town to become the city of dreaming spires.


We pre booked a table at The Kings Arms, a traditional pub in a great location in central Oxford as my sister used to work there in her uni days. The food was tasty and the prices were reasonable (burgers with all the trimmings were £12.95).

After lunch we strolled around the streets and visited Westgate Oxford an undercover yet open shopping centre with a good selection of shops, cafes and eateries.

The bus back to the park and ride is just outside the Sainsburys so very close by to Westgate Shopping Centre.

A really lovely day which I would highly recommend if you fancy going a little further a field. Next time I would love to do a walking tour to learn more about the history of Oxford.  Plus in warmer months, you could consider punting in Oxford – read a review here.

Have you visited Oxford recently and do you have any places you’d recommend to visit?  Please comment below 👇