The 3rd stop on our roadtrip of the south was Oxford. Known for its excessive house prices, prestigious university, and many, many Harry Potter locations. I naturally scoured our as many as we could in our very limited time there & got a lil' too giddy at the thought.. Like, am I dreaming? I am actually fortunate enough to have been brought up with the most magical series going, but then I can actually go driving around this majestic country with my wonderful Mum & spend my time finding certain locations featured in my fave films..? Surreal.
It was a rather Harry Potter themed trip, tbf. The day before we visited Hogwarts. AKA Gloucester Cathedral. That in itself was incredible & just a lil' overwhelming to visit. Oxford held many spots, as did Cambridge (post to follow!). Pretty much my dream trip.
I didn't get around to seeing all the HP sights, purely due to time. But I saw & snapped two of my faves..
New College Tree
The tree beneath this gorgeous archway is where Madeye turned Malfoy into a ferret, much to McGonagalls horror in the Goblet of Fire.
The inside of this glorious building is home to a particular spectacularly crafted ceiling that was used as Hogwarts infirmary and the base for Hogwarts library.
I said, sadly only a couple of stops & snaps. But still, pretty sweet to experience & see where it was filmed.
The gorgeous Brooke over at World of Wanderlust (my absolute fave blog, ever) wrote a much more in depth post that I'd recommend for HP tips a thousand times over my own, link: here.
Our trip to Oxford was short but sweet. I have to say, out of our 4 destinations, Oxford was my least favourite & not somewhere I wouldn't be itching to revisit. Not to say it wasn't beautiful, because it was. But for me personally, it was lacking something. I like a friendly vibe & a mix of country & city, whereas I felt Oxford was more like a mini London. Very busy, studenty & not very personal. You're one of many, rushing & not looking 'up'. That was my general vibe anyway. Or it may have something to do with the fact our hotel was in the grimmest area/potential crack den.
Next up, our final stop, Cambridge..