One Day Escape – Bibury & Oxford

Sometimes the city life can get a bit suffocating and the city can be noisy and overcrowded. Add all this to the tension you’re accumulating during your working hours and you will have all the reasons to flee the city during the weekend. Now, one of the reasons I love London is the location which makes travelling much easier. Being in the UK we get bank holidays that we can link to the weekend and have either a long weekend trip to one place or the chance to visit multiple places. Last year we took advantage of a bank holiday and decided to spend two days on Isle of Wight and one in Bibury and Oxford.

For those living in London, Bibury can be a breath of fresh air, an escape from the hectic life of the big city. We went there with Cristi’s uncle and his family on a Monday. Cotswolds is the go-to place for wandering around gorgeous villages, and Bibury is probably the most famous of them. After a two hour drive, we got to this typical Cotswold village which was proclaimed “the most beautiful village in England” by William Morris, an English poet and novelist among others. You can spend your entire day walking and admiring this picturesque mix of nature and honey-coloured stone cottages of Arlington Row, visit the church and the Court or just relax around the Coln river. There are countless of places to photograph, from perfectly maintained gardens, to swans gathering on the Coln river or to the little stone cottages that seem hobbit-sized.


Taken by Gabriel, Cristi's cousin

Bibury Church, taken by Gabriel

Black Swan on Coln River

Black Swan on Coln River

Riverside Cottage

Black Swan approaching

Curious Black Swan

At Arlington Row

Arlington Row

Arlington Row

Trout Farm of Bibury

Trout Farm of Bibury

Alley of Arlington Row

Hobbit Houses of Bibury

Rosemary Cottage

On the banks of Coln

Flower Bouquet

If you still have time, you can drive to Oxford for tea or dinner and if you get there earlier the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, Pitt River Museum and Natural History Museum are worth a visit. Actually, the whole of Oxford is a place worth visiting. If you take your time to discover it, you will be impressed by the mix of modern and ancient architecture this town has to offer.


Cristi's cousin, Gabriel, his girlfriend, Cristina and the two of us

Relaxing on the lawn of Gabriel’s university

Radcliffe Camera

Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

Cotswolds is definitely a place that we want to discover more of. There are plenty of other places in and around the Cotswolds that can (and should) be visited and most of the time, even one day of travelling can be enough to discover a new place that doesn’t have to be a flight away, it might be right in your back yard.



  1. July 30, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Great blog. Looks like you really enjoyed your time in beautiful Bibury

    • Oana N
      July 31, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Indeed we had a lovely time in Bibury, and we definitely want to return sometime in the future. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog.

  2. Manuela R
    July 31, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I really enjoyed every single thing of this article. You’re making me want to visit those places.
    Keep going like this.

    • Oana N
      July 31, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Hi Manu,

      Thanks for reading our blog :). As the places are not far from London, you can definitely visit those on a weekend or even just a day. Let me know if you want more information.

  3. Mikhail
    October 14, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Wow because this is great work! Congrats and keep it up.

  4. October 14, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Oxford is such a magical place 🙂

    • Oana N
      October 20, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      It truly is 🙂

  5. October 21, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Wow! Absolutely stunning! Thank you for showing me this.

    • Oana N
      October 21, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thank you Kelly!

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