University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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Starting as early as 1096 with some form of teaching, Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world.
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  • Richard Y
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    British view of university
    It was a great learning experience at oxford. Luckily for us we had a family friend who goes there so we got a great tour. Also it was open day, like a college visiting day for all the colleges of oxford, so we had no problems getting in. Even saw all the Harry Potter sites. If not opening day, you would have to book a tour. Lunch was great at Gloucester Green Square, a food market during the day. And we found a good japanese restaurant Shin. Only word of warning, the trains to from oxford and not all direct back to london, we got lost and circled back to oxford to get the direct train.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • KarenM1_10
    1,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture
    We took a tour here with Evan Evans and the minute we departed the coach we were struck with beautiful architecture at every turn. Our guide gave us a walking tour through one of the sections only. We could have used more time to explore this area and see if we could have taken a student-led tour that would get us into some of the buildings, such as the Bodleian Library and some of the filming locations for Harry Potter. I suggest spending at least a half-day, and more likely a full day, to get a better experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Julie W
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oxford
    Rewley House was very nice, very clean. Perfectly positioned for sightseeing all the regular sites. Unfortunately we visited on a Saturday when all the historic college buildings were closed to visitors but still beautiful from the outside. The botanic gardens were lovely too.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Michael Marcotte
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting!
    I spent a week in Oxford, at Merton College, taking a Continuing Education course in the Archaeology of Britain, and I must say that Oxford quickly became my favorite city in England. The University itself is comprised of 39 constituent colleges (including Merton), and are scattered, more or less near each other in the city center. The three dining halls of those I was able to tour (Merton, Pembroke and Christ Church colleges) all are immediately reminiscent of the dining hall at Hogwarts in the harry Potter movies. The architecture of all but a couple are old and very impressive, as are the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum. I attended a very nice Evensong at Christ Church College's cathedral, and spent a few evenings several of the ancient local pubs., several of which are owned by the University. I intend to return to Oxford, hopefully for another week-long Continuing Education class, hopefully at Christ Church College.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Kaveh
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dreamy and Amazing
    Dreamy and Amazing. The University of Oxford could be the temple of students and professors from all around the world. Walking in the University of Oxford goes through the history of knowledge. If you are in England or want to come, you should not miss visiting the city of Oxford and the University of Oxford.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2024
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Isabelle K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We spent a cold January day wandering around Oxford between all the colleges, admiring the buildings and reading the odd information board around the city. We went into wherever we could without having to buy tickets, and saw a great deal of the city.
This is a lovely city to walk around, lots of independent shops and watching students coming in and out of their colleges, seeing the courtyards beyond the secret doors leading into their residences.
I'm sure it would be worth paying for tickets to go into christ church or the bodelian library, but you can see a great deal without!
Written January 29, 2022
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RavensRule27
Perry Hall, MD211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We stopped by Oxford on our way up to Manchester. It is a gorgeous campus with some incredible architecture. Christ Church is popular and might sell out, however you can still walk around the exterior areas and enjoy the campus. Lots of places to eat or drink and there is a large mall called Westgate which is also the best place to park.
Written April 13, 2023
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Oxford is of course extremely famous but it is also a very interesting university to visit and is in fact a huge tourist attraction because of both its fame and its many buildings and colleges.

Te university is intertwined with, and spread throughout, the urban fabric of Oxford. Colleges, man of which include several buildings, are spread throughout the town and are, at certain times of the year, open to visit. Other buildings to visit include the Bodleian Library, the University Church of St Mary and its tower, which visitors may climb, and Magdalene Tower. Some places, like the iconic Radcliffe Camera are not open to the general public but may be seen from the outside. There also also parks and recreation grounds and areas with footpaths along the River Cherwell.

Numerous locations in the university, such as the Radcliffe Camera and several colleges, appear frequently in the Morse-Lewis-Endeavour shows as well and one can look up which ones appeared in which episodes, or visit these on tours. There is a lot to see and seeing even a significant portion would require several days. That said, it is all basically walkable in central Oxford.

One should be prepared for the university to be very busy with visitors and when regular terms are not in session, there are often groups of visiting students and tour groups all over the place.
Written April 17, 2023
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As one of the oldest universities in the world, and with nearly 40 individual colleges, the sense of history is amazing. Most of the colleges are open to the public to stroll around the grounds and take in the beautiful architecture. Some good ones to visit are Balliol, Magdalen and Trinity Colleges and for a great view of All Souls climb to the top of the tower of St Mary the Virgin church. The absolute best is probably Christ Church College. The Great Hall is just stunning and was the inspiration for the one seen in the Harry Potter films!
Written February 1, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
There is so much to do and see in Oxford. However, for me, everything here starts and ends with the University. You come to Oxford to see the University and the 39 separate colleges that comprise it. Even things like the great museums and churches are here because of the University.

This is the oldest college and university in the English speaking world and every other college and and university emulates it in some way. In Oxford, England, they are very proud of their history as the place where cows could cross the Thames. However, there are dozens of Oxford cities in the English speaking world and none are associated with cow crossings, but they all have colleges and students. Visit any American university or college and you will find strong academic buildings on beautiful, lush quadrangles and where did they get these ideas, Oxford.

You can't be in Oxford, England and not see the colleges in some way. With that said they do manifest themselves in the best way in a couple of locations. An absolute MUST SEE in Oxford is Radcliffe Square where you will see the oldest buildings like the Bodleian library, the most amazing buildings like the Radcliffe Camera, the prettiest buildings like All Soul's College and the communal university center University Church St. Mary's. I think a close second is Christ Church College where you can see so much in one college. At either you will see the place where 30 English Prime Ministers attended, 73 Nobel Prize laureates have been and 110 Olympic medals were made. You will see history where Kings have clashed, bishops were burned and some of the most important works of English literature were inspired.

It is the reason you come to Oxford and it is MUST SEE.
Written December 29, 2022
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's hard not to be impressed by Oxford. Had a walking tour of the main attraction, Oxford University (founded in 1069). It was good to hear about some of the alumni and see the buildings where some of the first Harry Potter movie was filmed. The city has a great atmosphere though it was very busy, as the visit was during school holidays.
Written September 5, 2022
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sheepygold
london5,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is one of the best days out you can do from London. It is only an hour by train from Marylebone or Paddington. The city is small enough to walk about and there is enough to keep you occupied for at least 2 days. Most attractions shut by 5pm so come as early in the day as you can.
Written April 18, 2022
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Michael Marcotte
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I spent a week in Oxford, at Merton College, taking a Continuing Education course in the Archaeology of Britain, and I must say that Oxford quickly became my favorite city in England. The University itself is comprised of 39 constituent colleges (including Merton), and are scattered, more or less near each other in the city center. The three dining halls of those I was able to tour (Merton, Pembroke and Christ Church colleges) all are immediately reminiscent of the dining hall at Hogwarts in the harry Potter movies. The architecture of all but a couple are old and very impressive, as are the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum. I attended a very nice Evensong at Christ Church College's cathedral, and spent a few evenings several of the ancient local pubs., several of which are owned by the University.
I intend to return to Oxford, hopefully for another week-long Continuing Education class, hopefully at Christ Church College.
Written April 1, 2024
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34Doris
Oxfordshire, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I am a diversity obsessed left-liberal, who sniffs out racism and sexism constantly. I was delighted to see rainbow flags flying merrily (gayly) from every university building, which made this fine place seem welcoming to a LGBTQiA visitor!

The colleges are beautiful if drafty.

Where to start with this place? I read Women's Studies at Grimsby and have just applied to St Anne's to do a masters in Trans-authors. I have been accepted! So, get ready Oxford for a change! I'm easily recognisable - think Mr Tumble!
Written February 17, 2023
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sheepygold
london5,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
There is so much to take in on a trip to Oxford that you need at least 2 or 3 full days to see it all but you can get a great taster in a day. There are several must do sites including the Ashmolean, the Bodleian and the Pitt Rivers. I would also recommend the Botanic Gardens, Worcester College gardens and a walk along the canal and Thames. The best thing about Oxford is it is a world away from London but only 50 minutes by train.
Written June 27, 2021
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