Oxford is known as the City of Dreaming Spires and is renowned for its rich architecture and history. Most people know Oxford because of the university but it actually has a lot more things to see and do than you might otherwise imagine. Many people will recognize the cobbled streets and winding alleys from the Harry Potter movies so if your girl is a Harry Potter fan then Oxford could be ideal. If you’re considering this historical English city to pop the question, then here are five perfect places to propose in Oxford.
Top 5 Places To Propose In Oxford
1. The Botanic Gardens
You will find these famous gardens located on the peaceful banks of the Cherwell River. The gardens were initially started way back in 1621 for the study of medicinal plants and are the oldest botanical gardens in Great Britain. Gardens in general may not sound like an exciting place to propose but there are some little gems here like the spectacular Danby Gateway which make it ideal. This is one of the three entrances into the gardens and was built between 1632 and 1633 in the style of early Baroque. It consists of three bays each with a pediment which is partially hidden by smaller pediments, making the Gateway the ideal place for a hidden proposal.
The gardens are surrounded by 17th century stonework which houses the Garden’s oldest tree, a nice old fella that happens to be hundreds of years old. It would be a great story to tell future generations that you proposed beneath such an ancient tree. As well as the charming outdoor gardens with their colourful, aromatic flowers and plants there are also numerous glasshouses bursting with exotic flowers from all over the world. The Botanic Gardens are certainly an interesting and beautiful place to consider asking for your girlfriend’s hand in marriage.
This video of a proposal in the Botanic Gardens in Green Bay will hopefully give you some ideas of what such a setting can be like:
If you’re planning on proposing in The Botanic Gardens, be sure to visit www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/ for more information.
2. Magdalen Deer Park
If you feel in need of a breather, away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford city center, then Magdalen Deer Park offers a delightful snippet of tranquil countryside. It’s also extremely picturesque and would make the ideal place to propose. No matter what the weather, it’s a great place to walk and talk while taking in the scenery. Magdalen College is a beautiful building and the Deer park compliments it perfectly. This treasured green space has a river running through it where you can hire a punt under the Magdalen Bridge.
To experience the romantic ambiance you simply need to lay down a rug or blanket on the ground and sit or lie to appreciate the pretty greenery. On a quiet day you may even be lucky enough to spot a deer or two although they are usually very shy creatures and tend to hide away. Every single year on May 1st, choristers can be heard singing their hearts out from the very top of the college tower so if you plan ahead you could aim for a musical proposal as your back drop.
3. A Punt along the River
Taking a ride on a punt is one of the most romantic activities in Oxford. A punt is a narrow, shallow bottomed boat and is moved along using a long pole. The Cherwell Boathouse is one of the best places to begin your punting experience as it’s off the beaten track, which means that it’s not so easily reached by tourists. You will have no problems hiring a punt here because it tends not to be as busy as other boathouses.
If you’re thinking about proposing on the river, here’s a good example of how to go about it:
The fact that it’s quieter makes it a more appropriate location for a punt proposal. The Cherwell Boathouse offers one of the most peaceful and beautiful starting points for your romantic journey, especially on a fine sunny day. In the olden days, punts men would wear a smart uniform which involved donning a straw boater tied with ribbons but these days it’s completely informal which is a shame really.
4. Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
Both of these museums house the University’s scientific collections of mineralogical, paleontological, zoological, geological and entomological specimens which were gathered during the course of the last three centuries. These museums are located in central Oxford, and have an impressive number of historic collections.
Thousands of people visit these museums daily because they’re famous for their extensive exhibits. Museums are not everyone’s cup of tea but if you and your girlfriend would not usually go to a museum then this would be an interesting place to take her for the proposal as she would not suspect a thing. If she accepts your hand in marriage then you could then go for a romantic stroll around Oxford and take lots of photographs to record the huge smiles on your faces.
To find out more information about visiting this iconic Oxford location, be sure to check out www.prm.ox.ac.uk/visit.html
5. Oxford Tour of Bath and the Cotswolds
When visiting Oxford it’s a great idea to go on one of the famous day trips to either Bath or the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a region which has been officially designated as an area of outstanding beauty and it has to be seen to be believed. It’s quintessentially English with its little Hamlets and is steeped in history. An ideal place to see is Bourton-on-the-Water which is the so called ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of its charming scenery.
Alternatively you could go a little further afield and visit the home of the famous writer Jane Austen in Bath. The Roman Baths in the city are also worth a visit as they really give tourists a feel for how the Roman’s lived. Having a cream tea with your girlfriend in one of these ‘chocolate box’ locations would offer a lovely chance to pop the question. It’s such a pretty place so it would be a crime to visit Oxford and not take this day trip. In fact I’ve written up a full post on the best places to propose in Bath if you want to learn more about the city.
For more information on planning your visit, check out www.viator.com/cotswolds
Places To Propose In Oxford Conclusion
Don’t settle for something mundane when you’re proposing as there are plenty of wonderful places to propose in Oxford. If your girlfriend is unusual and interesting the chances are she will appreciate a proposal that has had a lot of thought put into it. Good luck and have a great time.