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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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Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,044 contributions
Mar 2020
The university is formed from almost forty individual colleges. The grandest buildings are located in the colleges which are the oldest. The majority of buildings are built in sandstone with ornate door and window surrounds, towers and huge pillars. Access to several colleges can be gained for a small fee. Oxford is known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ and just looking around the skyline it is easy to see why.
Written April 19, 2020
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Pune, India908 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Oxford must be preening itself on being named the No.1 University in the World, well above U.S Ivy League colleges, in the World University Rankings 2020 for the second time in a row.
This is one accolade that both the
‘Town’ (City) and ‘Gown’ (University) traditionally seen to be having a rivalry, will be seen in agreement.
The history of this University town and its colleges are well documented in books,films and guides and it is a must for every tourist who visits England.
Each college boasts of its age, ancestry and beauty and no one can argue that this does not hold merit. The numerous photographs of Oxford vistas and colleges particularly the striking dome of Radcliffe Camera, the Magdalen Deer Park, Christ Church meadows, Balliol Chapel ,
Hertford Bridge, Bodleian Library and the adjacent Sheldonian Theatre etc. The list could go on and this ‘city of dreaming spires’
had an ethereal feel to it.
The narrative of famous people who went to Oxford in the 19th and 20th centuries is endless - Stephen Hawking,WH Auden,Albert Einstein,TE Lawrence,VS Naipaul,Roger Bannister,Margaret Thatcher,Adam Smith,JRR Tolkien . A Google search will provide more background and claims to fame. We can perhaps spot their ghosts frequenting favourite haunts !
Cambridge ‘the other University’ has its own story to tell but the former made many an Oxford man and woman to leave their stamp on the world.

Written February 17, 2020
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Aberdeen, UK943 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
With more than 30 colleges, the Bodleian library, faculty and administration buildings, museums, parks and gardens, the University of Oxford has a large presence in the city. The architecture is stunning and a wander around the highlights will prove a delight. If you’re short of time, consider a guided walk, but be careful to choose a legitimate tour guide.

Written January 13, 2020
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Bracknell, UK1,321 contributions
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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london4,833 contributions
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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Karen M
Oxford, UK18 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
A look round Magdalene College, grounds and buildings. Chapel is beautiful, buildings magnificent. Lovely grounds including a 200+ year old Plane tree. Well worth a visit!
Written September 17, 2020
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Houston58 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Don't miss the Bridge of Sighs, which comes up out of nowhere as you walk the back alleys; Radcliffe Camera, which is almost impossible to miss given it's height and location; the Bodleian Library, which is next to Radcliffe Camera and somewhat unpresumptiously holds a copy of every book ever printed (on 100 miles of shelving); the view of Christ Church from the gardens; the somewhat tucked away and hidden Saxon Tower of St. Michael, which is one of the oldest buildings there; the climb to the top of Carfax Tower to get an aerial view of the city.

It's fairly easy to walk through all of these in about 90 minutes, but you can easily spend three hours if you also enter the colleges and see their interiors, or dedicate additional time, for example, at Carfax Tower.

Some practicalities:

- From the train station, take a taxi to the visitor's center on Broad Street. It'll cost under 5 pounds one-way and you'll save yourself a kilometer's walk. Do the same thing on the return to the station. From the visitor's center you can do a mostly square shaped walk around most of what there is to see.

- Do go into the visitor's center and purchase a one pound Oxford Visitor's Guide. It's a small booklet that contains directions for a very good walking tour which will take around 90 minutes to do on your own.

- Avoid the group walking tours and do the self-walk from the visitor's guide (above). These group tours are offered by several businesses as well as from the visitor's center, but they are only offered with start times from around 11:00 to 14:00, cost 8 pounds per person, can only be booked for a specific time (use it or lose it) and still last around 90 minutes.

- Arrive before 17:00 as that is when the colleges close their doors to visitors. It's also when the visitor's center closes. Do go into at least of couple of colleges to see their architectural interiors and designs. Every college has their own chapel (or in the case of Christ Church College, their own cathedral).

- If you get hungry (snack hungry) around mid-way through the self-guided walking tour, stop over at Patisserie Valerie at 90 High Street close to Catte Street. They have the most wonderful waffle desserts and cakes (at a somewhat high price, but well worth it).

Consider making Oxford a half day visit combined with the other half of the day at Windsor Castle. There are trains that connect the two cities departing around every 30 minutes for a 55 minute ride that has a stopover at Slough. Windsor does their changing of the guard every day at 11:00 except Sundays when there is none, and they open the castle between 9:45 and 10:00 depending on month of the year. You can then see Windsor in the morning and see Oxford in mid-afternoon while getting back to London around 20:00. Note that trains on these routes do not have reserved seats.
Written June 24, 2012
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Oxford, UK24 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
During term time, several Oxford Colleges hold Choral Evensongs in their Chapels on various evenings during the week.
The beautiful service (lasting about 45 minutes) was written by Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury who, during Mary Tudor's reign, was tried for heresy in the University Church and burned to death in Broad Street.
Cranmer's Evensong Service has inspired countless beautiful musical settings - far more even than the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II or Stephen Sondheim!
Three colleges - New College, Magdalen College and Christ Church have their own choir schools which provide boy trebles. I prefer the thrilling sound of the 28-strong mixed-voice choir at The Queen's College, with its 20-year-old sopranos (who sing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).
They are all wonderful; entry is free; all are welcome; just ask at the Porters' Lodge of the college.
It will be a personal and unforgettable experience to recount to those back at home.
Written April 4, 2012
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Steve Gardiner
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK436 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The University of Oxford is truly one of the great treasures not just of England, but the world. In the centre there is a wealth of architectural glory, spanning six or seven centuries. Many of the colleges are quite small, creating an intimate atmosphere. Each has a garden, which is a haven for undergraduates especially during Trinity term, when most of the exams take place. I would like to suggest the following tour, which takes in just some of the many splendours.

If walking from the railway station, I suggest coming up George Street, and then walking down Broad Street (aka The Broad), home to colleges such as Balliol and Trinity. On the other side is the Sheldonian Theatre. The Broad is also home to the world famous Blackwells bookshop - a must for any student. Near to the Sheldonian is the remarkable Bodleian Library (aka The Bod), which is one of the oldest in the world, and second largest in Britain, after the British Library. Part of the library is the Radcliffe Camera, the circular building with the large dome which dominates this part of Oxford.

After visitng the Bodleian, I suggest walking down Catte Street. Here on the left are Hertford and All Souls college, while on the right near the end of the Street is the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Just past the church one reaches the High Street (The High). Here one can walk down past Queen's College on one side, and University College on the other, towards Magdalen Bridge and College.

However, I would recommend first crossing the High, and walking down the narrow Magpie Lane. This leads onto the cobbled Merton Street. At the right-hand end of this street is the grand Christ Church college, whose space seems large enough to fit in three or four other colleges. Amongst the noteworthy buildings in Christ Church is the Tom Tower, and the rather small cathedral. Next to Christ Church is the much smaller Corpus Christi college, which was built on land leased from Merton College. Between Corpus and the mighty Merton Chapel runs the Grove Walk, which leads down to Christ Church Meadow and the River.

However, for my money the most interesting college in the University is Merton. It was founded in 1264, and is the oldest college with statutes. It contains buildings from medieval times to the 20th century. Mob Quad, near to the Chapel, is claimed to be the oldest quadrangle in the world, although Front Quad (which is an irregular shape) must be older. The Chapel, although majestically imposing, was never actually finished, as the land upon which most of the nave and the West front would have been built was leased off for Corpus Christi to be built. The Chapel has magnificent acoustics - many recordings have been made there. Anyone familiar with the Inspector Morse and Lewis series would recognise the stately quarter-hour chimes from the bell tower. Merton also has a very fine college garden.

Leaving Merton, one can then proceed eastwards down Merton Street, which then turns quite sharply northwards, past the Eastgate hotel, back onto the High. Backing onto the Rose Lane Buildings of Merton College is the University of Oxford Botanic Garden - which is the oldest botanic garden in Britain, and an ideal place in which to relax.

I first visited Oxford in the 1960's, when all of the buildings were blackened with soot and other kinds of pollution. I found it all very grand, but rather forbidding. However, since the 1970's nearly all of the stone has been cleaned or replaced, allowing one to enjoy ists gorgeous golden honey colour.
Written April 29, 2015
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Toronto, Canada86 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
As you stroll through the streets that drip with history you cant help but get lost in amazement

Take photos of incredible buildings
Walk along the Thames River
Go to a Coffee shop
Buy an Oxford Souvenir

Surround the University

- relax and enjoy this history and culture rich location
Written September 6, 2014
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