The Ashmolean Dining Room is Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant, with superb views if you eat outside in the summer. The menu offers both rustic and European dishes and a wine list of over eighty handpicked wines from around the world.
The ground floor shop is well worth visiting. Much of the merchandise is inspired by the exhibitions: embroidered silk Chinese jackets, Renaissance-style gold and silver rings, classical Greek jewellery. The shop also does a good line in Tradescant wines, champagnes and damson and berry preserves.
The Ashmo is not only a major Oxford attraction it’s right opposite the city’s main tourist hotel, the MacDonald Randolph. As a result the museum can get very full, especially at weekends. Try and get there first thing.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture