After our trip to London in 2015, we didn't have high hopes for another experience in one of England's bigger cities. However, we were completely surprised by how nice everyone was and were swept away by the city's quirky history and identity rooted in its colleges.
1) Without a doubt, our favorite part of our time in Oxford and our #1 recommendation is to take a Footprints free guided walking tour. Our guide, Spencer, was really knowledgable, funny and told us some really incredible stories about the history of Oxford
--did you know that Alice in Wonderland was written from a story told to an 8-year-old girl while "punting" down the river? That story later came to be published into the story we all know today.
--did you know that Oxford University is actually made of 38 colleges, which all have pet tortoises? Each year they race them, and in years past, they were the cause of some pretty brutal pranks between rival colleges.
2) Pitt Rivers Museum - This museum is a collection of memorabilia from around the world donated by travelers. It has a bit of a gloomy, creepy feel since thousands of artifacts are huddled together in class cases, which look like a maze from above (the shrunken heads don't help the creepy vibe either). There were some really cool exhibits, but it was overwhelming at times because of the sheer number of artifacts being displayed. The layout of the museum and heavy cultural emphasis were different from your typical museum experience.