Romantic Oxford

Romantic Oxford

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d help find the most romantic place in Oxford for you and your loved one. Be it your 15th year together or your first date, we’ve got you covered.

Above Image Credit: Colin Smith

Blenheim Palace

Just a short distance outside of Oxford you’ll find the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace. This beautiful Palace is set in 2,000 acres of countryside which you are free to explore on a romantic walk, or maybe you want to find out more about the history and architecture with a tour of the Palace itself.Blenheim Palace

One of the most romantic areas of Blenheim Palace are the formal gardens, with hundreds of varieties of flowers and a beautiful waterfall, you would struggle to find a more romantic place. And if after all of your exploring you need a break, why not settle down for lunch in one of the restaurants, or treat yourself in the Champagne bar.

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

What’s more romantic than looking out above the city of dreaming spires? Take a trip up the 124 steps inside the church spire and emerge on the balcony for the best views in Oxford. Looking south you can see the spires of Christ Church up above many of Oxford’s other famous buildings. From the north side you have the best view of Radcliffe Square and the Bodliean Library, All Souls College, the Sheldonian Theatre and of course the Radcliffe Camera. Having had a bit of exercise you will deserve the coffee & cake in the Vaults cafe located underneath the church in one of Oxford's oldest meeting places!                           


Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

After a morning exploring the Ashmolean why not head upstairs and grab some lunch at the Rooftop Restaurant. With delicious food from local Oxford suppliers and a view of the Oxford spires from the terrace, this hidden gem is one of the most romantic places in Oxford. And if you’re not ready to commit to a full lunch or dinner, why not try their afternoon tea, served from 3pm daily.


Oxford University Parks

A favourite for Oxford locals to relax in during the summer, the University Parks also make a great place for a romantic walk in winter. If the weather is on your side, a picnic on the banks of the River Cherwell can make the perfect date. Gather up some delicious picnic food from a local Oxford deli and you have a great recipe for success.


Oxford Castle

This might sound like an odd suggestion if the mention of the Oxford Castle conjures up images of the dungeon, but trust us on this one. The old prison is now home to some of Oxford’s finest restaurants, most stylish bars and fanciest hotels. So why not take a romantic stroll up the 64ft tall grass mound, enjoy the panoramic views of Oxford, and then wander back down and enjoy a delicious meal.


Magdalen Bridge Punting

Magdalene BridgeThis might not be the most suitable option for a Valentine’s Day date, but during the summer months, hiring a punt and taking a trip down the River Cherwell is one of the most romantic things we can think of. Take along a picnic to enjoy as you cruise through the University parks and onto Christchurch Meadow. And if you’re feeling lazy, you can hire a punt chauffeur; but we think it’s more romantic to do it yourself. 

Image Credit: Colin Smith


Botanic Gardens

This might be one to save for a sunny day, but the wait will be worth it. Full of thousands of different plants in many different collections, you can spend hours walking around admiring the rainbow of colours and the beauty of the plants. With no restaurants or cafes on site, the Botanic Gardens are a perfect place for a romantic picnic.


Boars Hill Oxford

Boars Hill

A less well known part of Oxfordshire, the small hamlet of Boars Hill is an ideal place for a romantic walk and picnic. It may only be 3 miles southwest of Oxford, but apart from the beautiful views over the city, Boars Hill feels like true English countryside. There are many spots to sit down and enjoy your lunch, in peace and quiet.

Image Credit Derek Harper


Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

It might be a bit of a mouthful, but Le Manoir is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Oxfordshire and arguably the country. Based in Great Milton, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star restaurant and Hotel is the perfect place for a very romantic getaway.

You can spend your time at Le Manoir relaxing and enjoying the beautiful gardens, food and drink or you can get more involved and take part in a cookery class run by world class chefs. The hotel is only a short drive away from the centre of Oxford,


Pierre Victoire

Just down Little Clarendon Street in the centre of Oxford you will find “Oxford's busiest and best-loved independent French restaurant”. Pierre Victoire serves simple French food, and is a well-known Oxford favourite, and for this reason booking is always a good idea.

The prices for the great French food that is served are very reasonable and if you go for lunch, a 3 course meal is only £11.90 – an extremely good price for amazing food. The whole restaurant has a rustic, cosy feel which makes it the perfect place for a romantic date.


The Nut Tree

The Nut Tree may appear to be your usual village pub, but this is a bit different. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star 7 years in a row and has featured in a long list of restaurant guides. But don’t think that this cosy pub is trying to be a big city restaurant. It’s still a lovely pub with a great range of beer and wine that just so happens to serve wonderful food. The perfect place to take someone you really want to impress.


The Feathers

If after a long day of exploring Blenheim Palace you need somewhere to stay the night and relax, The Feathers is the ideal place. Located in Woodstock, just outside the Palace gates this hotel has a great selection of rooms, and an even better selection of gins. With over 200 behind the bar, this is the ideal place to bring a gin lover for a romantic weekend. And it’s not all about the drink; they have a great menu to refuel you after a day exploring.


If you think we’ve missed any romantic Oxford places off the list, let us know!


23rd January 2015

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