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What to see in Oxford

Oxford Attractions

Visiting Oxford, the city that most represents England's prestigious academic establishment (although Cambridge might argue this point), is like entering a living museum, but those who travel to Oxford discover that there is a vibrant and modern side to this city of students too, and the serious revelry in the local pubs and clubs matches the ardent academia.

Just strolling around Oxford, or floating down the river, is a treat. The university is the natural place to begin your explorations, with highlights including Christchurch College, the University Museum of Natural History, the Bodleian Library, Magdalen College, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Trinity College and Exeter College. The university doesn't offer official guided tours, but many of the buildings and colleges are open to visitors most of the year, general walking tours of the city include parts of the university, and there are sometimes tours available from enterprising students. The Oxford Guild of Guides offers general daily tours departing from the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street and tailor-made tours can be arranged with them as well.

Climbing up Carfax Tower for views over Oxford is obligatory for tourists, and the Ashmolean Museum is also an absolute must-see. If the weather is good, enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Oxford Botanic Gardens. Those visiting Oxford on an excursion from London may also want to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon while in the area.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum houses a fascinating and extensive collection of art and archaeology covering four thousand years of history, ranging from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome,…

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Bodleian Library

Chief among Oxford's many academic and architectural attractions is the unique Bodleian Library, which is spread throughout several buildings across the city. The central core of this collection of…

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Carfax Tower

The photo opportunity afforded from the top makes it completely worth climbing the 99 stairs of the Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford's shopping district. The tower-top is the best place from which…

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Christchurch Picture Gallery

Christchurch, one of Oxford's most renowned university colleges, possesses an important collection of about 200 paintings and 2,000 drawings, mainly by the Italian masters. Works by Leonardo, Michelangelo,…

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Oxford Botanic Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the country, Oxford's enormous collection of more than 7,000 species of plants has been growing for four centuries. It was founded as a physic garden by the Earl of Danby…

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The quaint and picturesque country town of Stratford-upon-Avon rests on the banks of the River Avon and is the historic birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visitors can explore Shakespeare's birthplace,…

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