I'll be arriving in Oxford from London on a Monday in late November. I'll be driving, parking at Water Eaton P & R and taking the bus into town center. After taking time off for lunch, and then an onward drive towards Stow-on-the-Wold, I realistically have about 3-4 hours to explore the town. I hope to do a circular tour via foot, starting from Magdalen St (where the bus from Water Eaton stops) and ending at High Street, going towards Cowley Road where I'll be having my lunch. There are so many lovely colleges to choose from that I don't know which I should focus on. Is there one which has stunning architecture, gargoyles, lovely gardens and a literary reference or two? Would Magdalen College fit the bill? Would I be able to squeeze in a visit to the Bodleian Library, and maybe a short punting trip?
Any suggestions welcome to help me make the most of my short visit. Fyi, I'll be travelling with a hubby and 3 teenaged girls.