In the last week or so of our trip, we spent a few days taking a few small day trips. These were Oxford, Windsor and Dover.
As a huge Lord of the Rings, and overall J.R.R. Tolkien Fan, I had to visit Oxford, if only to have lunch at the Eagle and Child. Which was SUPER COOL. I enjoyed getting to sit in the same building as Tolkien did, and read up on some facts about his time at Oxford.
It was a bit of a train nightmare getting to Oxford (what else was new) but lunch was great, and we stumbled upon a fun milkshake shop on our way back to trains to Colchester. Unfortunately, not much else happened in Oxford. So expect that I will be returning there as there is sooo much more that I want to see.
Not necessarily what happened next, but another short side stop that we made close to the end here was Windsor Castle, which was a spur of the moment decision but SO WORTH IT. I think I actually would have been sad had I missed out on seeing this.
I loved touring the castle and the grounds, the Dollhouse was worth it alone. Also, we finally got to take some typical England tourist photos 😛
The last little side trip that we made here was Dover, to see the White Cliffs of course. Again, this was spur of the moment choice, and Caitlin’s Aunt and Uncle took us here. It was an interesting side trip for sure, with a pretty cool and informative tour.
The tour set up was really cool, designed to make you feel like you were back in time, walking through the war tunnels. They used a sensory experience, so like the hospital smelled like a hospital, kitchen like a kitchen etc with lights flickering on and off.A pretty cool and unique experience.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the grounds and enjoying the sunshine.
All in all, these three little day trips were a lot of fun and a great way to wrap up the trip. England seems to be FULL of fun little day trips to take, these were just a few of the many!
– xoxo Veronica