Oxford is a city soaked in history. You could spend a whole day just wandering around its cobbled streets and alleys, exploring the shops and admiring the incredible architecture. Of course, if you’ve got the nippers in tow they’ll only stand for that kind of thing for so long. Fortunately it isn’t just a city for intellectuals. There are plenty of things to do in Oxford for kids.
Author of classics such as The Twits, The BFG and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl remains one of Britain’s most beloved children’s authors. This museum tells the story of Dahl’s life through words and pictures, and offers all kinds of fun activities for little ones. In the Story Centre children and adults can dress up and tell stories, get messy in the craft section and each month there is a selection of special activities on offer. Every child over the age of five also receives a Story Ideas Book, just like Roald Dahl used to keep for jotting down his ideas.
If you have a budding Torvill or Dean, or you just want something active to tire your brood out, then a trip to the Oxford ice skating rink could be the ticket. Just a ten minute walk from the city centre, this ice rink has public skating sessions throughout the day. There’s also a café on site for refuelling during and after the skating.
This science museum will let your children explore and learn all about the sciences, great for stimulating little minds. The Discovery Zone is full of hands-on exhibits that let children and their parents learn about how the world works. The exhibits are suitable for a huge range of ages, so if you’ve got an exuberant toddler or a languid pre-teen you’ll find there’s plenty to keep them occupied.
This castle served as a prison from 1071 until 1996! In that time it’s accumulated a few stories to tell. Costumed guides will lead you through the castle from the depths of the dungeons to the height of the towers, and you’ll learn all about some of the castle’s famous occupants. With a café and gift shop this is the ideal day out if you fancy something educational, exciting and a bit quirky.
Oxford is full of wonderful things to do with your family, and these are just a few of them. Make sure you get out into the city, explore everything it has to offer and take away some great memories of the city of dreaming spires.