If you’re thinking of making a trip to the city of dreaming spires, you’re probably wondering where to start.
Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, picturesque cobbled streets galore, and plenty of lush parks, there’s lots to see.
Here are some ideas for your visit.
The Radcliffe Camera, or the Rad Cam, is situated south of the Old Bodleian library, in between Brasenose and All Souls College.
Its distinctive shape, a circular dome and drum, makes it one of the most recognizable buildings in Oxford, so it’s a must see if you’re in the area.
Still a working library, it currently houses The Upper Reading Room, which holds books on History, Art, Archaeology, and Anthropology.
The Lower Reading Room contains books on English Literature and Theology.
If you’re a student you can get to the Rad Cam via an underground tunnel from the Old Bod — very Hogwarts!
Tourists can savor the delights of the building on an extended guided tour.
The Botanic Garden was founded in 1621, with the aim of promoting learning and glorifying nature.
Today it has much the same mission — it’s used in university teaching, hosts educational courses, and is open to the general public who want to learn more about plants while enjoying their amazing aesthetics.
Be sure to check out the walled garden and spot the gorgeous waterlilies.
Walking around Oxford can be tiring, and learning facts about the colleges and buildings equally so.
Rest body and mind on the wandering fields of Port Meadow.
It’s not too far from the city centre, but far enough that you feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle for the serenity of the countryside.
Take a swim in the river, lie back on the grass, and explore the stone ruins.
You might even bump into some ponies!
All Souls College
It’s likely you’ll visit a few colleges and walk past a lot more, but if you’ve only got time to tick one off your list let it be All Souls.
Shrouded in mystery, All Souls scholars have typically come top of their class at undergraduate level and passed an opaque exam to get in.
In the past, these exams would consist of one word, such as ‘bravery’ and candidates would have three hours to write an essay on the subject.
It’s open to members of the public to walk around the grounds at certain times of the day — be sure to check before you go if you don’t want to get shouted at by angry porters.
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The Eagle And Child
After a hard day touristing, head down for a pint at the The Eagle And Child and sit in the place where Tolkien read his first draft of Lord Of The Rings to C. S. Lewis.
Even for a city so steeped in history, we reckon that’s pretty cool.
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