The Larkin (Oxford)
Luxurious two bedroom apartment in the heart of Oxford City Centre
Bright and luxurious 2nd floor two bedroom apartment, ideally located in the heart of historic Oxford City Centre, just a short walk from the railway station and a wide choice of excellent bars, restaurants, shops and famous attractions.
Finished to the highest standard with underfloor heating throughout, accommodation comprises of two beautifully decorated, double bedrooms; a stunning bathroom with contemporary rain shower; a bright and spacious open plan living area, complete with state of the art, high-spec kitchen, diner and lounge with 54” Smart TV. The apartment is served by super fast broadband and Amazon Echo.
Known as the “city of dreaming spires”, beautiful Oxford offers such a wide range of activities for visitors, you’ll have plenty to choose from come rain or shine. Whether it’s visiting the many historic buildings, colleges, museums or gardens; going out for drinks in one of its quirky pubs and sophisticated wine bars or a delicious meal in one of its numerous restaurants; taking in a show, shopping, punting on the Thames or simply relaxing: Oxford has it all and where better to stay, to get the most from your visit than the very centre of the City?
What to do:
Oxford was built long before the combustion engine was invented (although car manufacture is one of its industries). Motor access is restricted and parking expensive. Walk or cycle instead; you can hire bikes through Oxford Cycles (07907 952832, http://oxford-cycles.co.uk)
Oxford Castle is a 3 minute walk from the apartment. Book a tour with a costumed guide and immerse yourself in the Castle’s 1000 year old history, climb the 12th Century St George’s Tower for stunning 360° views of the city, experience 18th century prison life and then relax in a bar or café in Castle Quarter, where you will find your nearest restaurants and bars.
Oxford bus sightseeing tours offer a hop on and hop off 24 and 48 hour sightseeing experience from £15.50 per person. It is a great way to introduce yourself to Oxford’s many sights and to get your bearings. There are two routes: City and University tour, departing every 15 minutes and the Bridges and Meadows tour, departing every 20 minutes. You may start your tour at any of the stops on the routes, but you are very close to the first stop at Oxford Railway Station (5 minutes) Details of the itinerary and how to book can be found if you click on this link: https://www.hop-on-hop-off-bus.com/oxford/oxford-hop-on-hop-off-tour_5138
Tours of Oxford are plentiful. Depending on your interests, you will find a tour that suits you from walking tours exploring the University college buildings and beautiful gardens. You can explore the locations used to film TV and films, notably “Morse”, “Lewis” and of course the Harry Potter movies. There are ghost tours and river cruises, punting tours and cycling tours – something for everyone. Details of the best are listed here on Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Attractions-g186361-Activities-c42-Oxford_Oxfordshire_England.html
Further details on how to book can be found on this link: www.getyourguide.com/oxford
The Bodleian Library is a 14 minute walk from the apartment. It is the main research library of the University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library. A regular programme of guided tours of the Old Bodleian Library allows visitors to see inside its historic rooms including the 15th-century Divinity School, medieval Duke Humfrey's Library, and the impressive Radcliffe Camera (camera meaning room in Latin). Please note that children must be over 11 to go on a tour here. For information about current exhibitions and tour details, click here: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson
The Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street, is just a 10 minute walk from the apartment. Its first building was erected in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677, making it the world's first university museum. It is now a museum of art and archaeology hosting extraordinarily diverse collections with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many riches it has the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world. Click here for further details and information regarding current exhibitions: http://www.ashmolean.org
The Pitt Rivers Museum is 0.9 miles walk from the apartment. It displays the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford “If Indiana Jones created a museum, this Oxford institution would be it. A collection of half a million objects (including shrunken heads!) from all around the world crammed in glass cabinets, packed into drawers, mounted on the walls and hanging from the ceiling in a galleried hall illuminated beneath a soaring neo-gothic roof created from 8,000 individual glass tiles.” Fiona Bruce. Further details can be found by clicking here: https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/
Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of geological and zoological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower. It is 1.3 miles from the apartment, which will take approximately 20 minutes on foot. The museum frequently holds events for both adults and children, for further details click here http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/
Christ Church is just a 12 minute walk from the apartment and is a must see during your visit. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, contribute to the city’s celebrated skyline and mark Christ Church as a unique dual foundation; one of Oxford University's largest Colleges and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. A guided tour explores the College's history, its architecture, student life, scenes associated with the world of Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. The tour is led by an experienced Christ Church custodian and lasts approximately one hour. Further details including opening times and ticket prices can be found on http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/plan-your-visit
Magdelen College takes 18 minutes to walk to. Steeped in history dating back to 1458, the alma mater of CS Lewis is another landmark to visit during your time in Oxford. The principal areas of the College that are normally open are the Hall, Chapel and Old Kitchen Bar. In addition the gardens, grounds and parkland, including the water walks beside the River Cherwell are open. The famous Deer Park can be viewed from the path. Opening hours can be found on their website: http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/discover-magdalen/visiting-magdalen/
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock is a 32 minute drive from the apartment. The Duke of Marlborough’s residence is widely recongised as one of the UK’s finest stately homes. Standing in a romantic park created by ‘Capability’ Brown, the palace was presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and Bavarian troops. A BBC documentary recently ranked it one of Britain’s best buildings - and the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter filmed several key scenes there. But why settle for seeing it on the big screen when you can experience it in the flesh? Take a tour of the gilded State Rooms and enjoy one of the finest private art collects in Europe. You can even see the room in which Sir Winston Churchill was born. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful gardens. More details can be found on www.blenheimpalace.com
Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery near Henley-on-Thames is a 50 minute drive away, but you might want to get a taxi if you want to enjoy the 2 hour ‘behind the scenes’ tour around the Winery, Brewery and Liqueur production facilities. The first hour is dedicated to touring the winery, brewery, press and bottling hall, guided and lectured by a knowledgeable tour guide. The second half of the experience is a generous sampling of a selection of our fine Wines, Ales & Liqueurs. Further information can be found on http://www.chilternvalley.co.uk/tours-and-tasting.htm
Creation Theatre Company Whether you’re a dedicated literature lover, or you just fancy doing something completely different, the Creation Theatre Company is guaranteed to have something on their agenda to impress you. Putting on performances all across the city in places you’d never expect (for example bookshops, college gardens, or even on the roofs of various buildings), it’s a fantastic way to watch Shakespeare whilst making your trip to Oxford all the more memorable. See https://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/
Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton is the UK’s only crocodile zoo. It’s a 50 minute drive away, but well worth it. Where else would you get the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile or watch crocodiles being fed? The zoo also has otters, water monitors and meerkats. More information can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk/
Hinksey Pool – approximately 10 minutes by car. Hinskey Heated Outdoor Pool is a much-loved local landmark, that has been providing summer fun and great memories since opening in 1934. There is an area for lap swimming and a large area for family fun, plus a cafe and plenty of room to relax.
Jericho, a lesser-explored area of town, is a 14 minute walk from the apartment and great to wonder around. This quaint, hipster suburb offers cafes, independent shops and the Phoenix Picture house. For alternative film lovers, or just if you want to watch something a little different, this cinema shows thought-provoking films for reasonable prices.
Oxford offers a vast array of shops from high street brands to unique independent retailers:
Oxford Covered Market is just an 11 minute stroll away and the perfect place to wander. It is a fine example of a traditional indoor market dating back to the 1770s. It prides itself in being a place to buy quality produce such as posh chocolates, hand made cakes, fine teas, lovely soaps, shoes and jewellery. There are over 40 traders, mostly independent with many going back generations. This is the place to buy that unique keepsake or gift. Details of opening times and directions can be found here: http://oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/
Alice’s shop is a 12 minute walk from the apartment. For fans of Lewis Carroll’s work, this is an absolute must. The real Alice, for whom Carroll wrote “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice through the looking glass”, bought her sweets from this shop 150 years ago. The shop was immortilised in “Alice trough the looking glass” as the Old Sheep Shop. Then it was a grocery store, now it sells a large selection of Alice gifts and memorabilia. Find out more here: http://aliceinwonderlandshop.com/
Oxford Thursday Market is in Gloucester Green OX1 2BU – just an 8 minute walk and is open every Thursday between 9am and 4pm. It consists of more than 100 stalls selling a range of fresh produce, including fish, meats, vegetables, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Shoppers will find plenty of hot food traders, but shoppers really go here for the antiques and vintage clothing, collectables and 20th-century design pieces. This is the largest market... of its kind outside London. Vintage lovers spend hours browsing through the market's dealer stalls, crammed with everything from rare vintage finds to colourful baubles, jewellery.
Cornmarket Street is Oxford’s pedestrianised shopping area and only a 10 minute walk away from the apartment. As well as offering a vast array of high street brands, it is also a great place to people watch, stroll and watch street performers, especially on a Saturday, when it is at its busiest.
The Clarendon Centre is a 10 minute walk from the apartment and houses a selection of high street brands, banks and places to eat and have a cup of coffee. See http://www.clarendoncentre.co.uk
Templars Square Shopping Centre is Oxford’s largest enclosed shopping centre, and has a wide variety of retailers – mostly high street brands, but there are a few independent shops. It is a 14 minute drive from the apartment and offers parking at a low cost (£1 for up to 3 hours) See http://www.templarssquare.com
Bicester Village Designer Retail Outlet is just a 20 minute drive away from the apartment with plenty of parking. It boasts more than 130 luxury designer outlet boutiques of British and international brands including Anya Hindmarch, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent, MCM and Diane von Furstenberg - all with reductions of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Additionally, Smythson, Temperley London and Vivienne Westwood are represented by their only outlet stores worldwide. There are a number of luxury services available including valet parking, an award-winning Visitor Centre complete with multilingual hosts, Hands-free Shopping, and a children's play area. Restaurants include Le Pain Quotidien, Villandry Grand Cafe, Itsu and Farmshop restaurant & cafe from Soho House & Co.
Where to eat?
Prezzo is just a short 4 minute walk from the apartment, in the recently developed Castle Quarter. It is the home of casual Italian dining with a wide range of delicious pizza, pasta and artisan dishes. Prezzo also offers a click and collect takeaway service. Click here for the menu, details of special offers and to order or book a table online: https://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/
Pizza Express can also be found in Castle Quarter, with its menu of delicious pizza, pasta and salads. They are very child friendly with their picollo menu (Dough Balls, pizza or pasta, a dessert and a Bambinoccino, for £6.95) and also offer a click and collect takeaway service as well as a delivery service via the company deliveroo. For further details click here: https://www.pizzaexpress.com
Quod Restaurant and Bar is a 13 minute walk away from the apartment and comes highly recommended for its broad menu of European classics, with an emphasis on British produce. It offers daily blackboard specials and a superb value weekday set lunch menu. Quod’s heated Italian garden terrace, provides a uniquely Mediterranean setting, where diners can enjoy a morning coffee, quick two course lunch or long celebratory suppers in the hidden heart of the city. Click here to visit Quod’s website: https://www.quod.co.uk/
The Trout in Lower Wolvercote is a 22 minute drive away from the apartment.
Immortalised by Colin Dexter’s “Inspector Morse” novels, The Trout is an Oxford institution. Popular with tourists and students alike, the pub boasts a large terrace overlooking the river Thames and was a favourite with Lewis Carroll and CS Lewis.
The seasonal menu incorporates local produce and embraces traditional pub grub including fish and chips, homemade pies and a great selection of cask ales, super chilled draft and bottled beers. For directions and a look at the menu click here: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk
Cherwell Boathouse is a family owned and ran restaurant, well-known for its creative cooking and impressive wine list. Originally started in an authentic Victorian working boathouse, the restaurant has retained its charm and Oxford eccentricity to this day, and is a pleasure to dine in all year round. Enjoy a tasteful meal, that incorporates local ingredients, from the exquisite menu, whilst taking in the peaceful atmosphere of the restaurant with its enchanting riverside terrace. It is also home to Oxford’s finest punting station. It’s a 2 mile drive away, so a taxi would be your best bet. See: http://cherwellboathouse.co.uk/
The Grand Café, a 15 minute walk from the apartment, is the place to go for afternoon tea if you really want to treat yourself. It is a gilded, chandeliered delight, overlooking the elegant sweep of the High Street. You could really push the boat out with the grand high tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, handmade chocolates and a glass of champagne. See: http://www.thegrandcafe.co.uk/ for more information.
The Turf Tavern is a 16 minute walk away can be found at the end of a narrow, winding alley making it a hidden gem in the truest sense of the word. It serves freshly prepared food all day everyday and a good selection of draft beers, ciders and real ales. It dates back to 1381 and can even boast a ghost called “Old Rosie”. It is a popular spot with students, but is also family friendly with a beer garden at the back. http://www.turftavern-oxford.co.uk/
The Kings Arms is a 14 minute walk from the apartment. It is Oxford’s oldest pub, dating back to 1607. A popular haunt of scholars and students, it claims to have the highest IQ per square foot than any other pub in the world! It offers fine cask ales and hearty homemade food. It can get very busy, but if you visit it during a weekday afternoon, you can sit on a cosy Chesterfield Sofa by the fire or watch the world go by at one of the tables outside. It also has a resident ghost called Ali! http://kingsarmsoxford.co.uk/
The Old Bookbinders Alehouse is a 15 minute walk and combines French bistro style food and British fine craft ales in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is a charming family run establishment, child friendly and excellent value. http://oldbookbinders.co.uk/
Art Café is a 6 minute walk from the apartment and offers homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta dishes and a full English breakfast, using organic, local produce/ As the name suggests, it also houses art exhibitions and events. http://www.artcafeoxford.co.uk
Cowley Road is a 13 minute drive away and can be described as Camden Market meets Delhi. Here you will find a range of eateries. It’s a colourful place to stroll and and if you are hungry, these are some of the places you can pop in to for a bite to eat:
Atomic Burger is a gourmet burger bar, in an American diner style. Very popular with locals and visitors alike. All food is freshly prepared made from the highest quality meat. See http://www.atomicburger.co.uk/
RedStar Noodle Bar offers delicious, authentic Asian food at very reasonable prices. Don’t be fooled by the outside, inside you will find casual dining at its best. They don’t have a website, but see here for reviews and pictures: https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g186361-d787839-Reviews-Red_Star_Noodle_Bar-Oxford_Oxfordshire_England.html
Big Ron’s Mexican Cantina offers authentic Mexican food and is the place to go for a margarita! https://bigrons.co.uk/
If this is your first visit to Oxford, the
5 minutes walk from Oxford Railway Station.
63.1km from Luton Airport
1 hour by train to London
½ hour by train to Reading
Secure parking space
Towels and linen included
Cots and highchairs available
Nearest pharmacy is Boots – 10 minutes walk (0.5 miles)
Nearest convenience store Westgate Stores – 5 minutes walk (0.3 miles)