We arrived and found a park+ride, per the recommendation of Gary France, to leave the rental car there and take the bus into the city center.
Bottom line, traffic was a mess into and out of the city. The place was swarming with school tour groups and the usual busloads of tourists and their damn selfie sticks. I found the place overcrowded and annoying due to all this and couldn't wait to leave.
Still, Martha wanted to take a look at the Christ Church's great hall and Cathedral as parts of them had been used in the Harry Potter book series.
The Great Hall in Christ Church, apparently the
inspiration for the main hall in Hogwart's Castle of Harry Potter's world
The adjoining Cathedral was actually rather impressive and less crowded with the omnipresent tour groups and passage blocking student tour groups.
Touring done, Martha and I escaped and evaded our way back to the correct bus stop and soon enough were back to the rental car. We escaped the traffic turmoil that is Oxford and taking the M4 expressway, made our way to the city of Bristol a little over an hour later.
We had a late lunch at a Chinese restaurant near The Bristol Hotel.
Bristol seems much better at handling traffic so far, based on what I've seen. The proof in the pudding will be tomorrow when I go to the HD dealer to pick up the rental Sportster motorcycle I've reserved.