Oxfordshire Favorites

  • Impressions
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  • Impressions
    by ligaya
  • Impressions
    by ligaya

Oxfordshire Favorites

  • Impressions

    Oxford Favorites

    Being in Oxford for three days gives you enough time to discover several colleges, the beautiful parks of Oxford and also some of the vicinity. You might want to go out to the Cotswolds for one day or to Blenheim Palace for half a day. Alternatively, you could spend some time in the city's museums. Your first day in Oxford Take the itinerary...

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  • Oxford University & Colleges

    Oxford Favorites

    So which is better ? Oxford or Cambridge. When it comes to academic rating, Cambridge battles it out on the world stage with Harvard, but Oxford struggles to make the top ten. So a clear win there. But what of other measures ? Oxford can claim to have produced 25 British prime minsters, against 13 from Cambridge. In sport, Oxford has an...

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  • Memories

    Oxford Favorites

    This was my lasy photo in Oxford... Passing this flowery building, could be a restaurant or pub. So, I was in Oxford for about 2 hours & managed to accomplised a lot ! Judging from all the photos that you could see on this My Oxford Page ! No drink & no eating in Oxford...Well, maybe the previous night a KFC dinner with Pat ! I wish I could stay...

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  • History

    Oxford Favorites

    Oxford is best known for its colleges, its academic life and achievements since the 13th century. On the other hand, there has always been life outside the high walls of the colleges. This "tip" attempts to provide some background knowledge about the quarrels between town and gown. The first colleges of Oxford were founded in the middle of the...

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  • Graduation/Matriculation

    Oxford Favorites

    Though I finished my studies here in October '02, it wasn't until recently (May '03) that the ceremony took place. Oxford is in many ways a traditional University, and nowhere is this more reflected than in the graduation. The ceremony has changed little down the centuries, what with the Latin, bible-tapping, different color robes for different...

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  • Events

    Oxford Favorites

    Check the local newspaper 'The Oxford Times'. This quality weekly has a weekend supplement called 'Weekend' !! The listings will give you a preview of events and listings. The sister paper 'The Oxford Mail' also carries a daily listing. You can also check on line at http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/oxfordshire/whats_on/ The web site...

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  • Museums

    Oxford Favorites

    visit the Ashmolean Museum. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted out there in cyberspace. Check this exhibit out: The Left Hand of a MUMMY wearing a Scarab ring. Eeew!

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  • History of Oxfordshire

    Oxfordshire’s first archaeological evidence of human settlement and land use in the area dates back to the Neolithic period (4,000-3,500 BC). After the Roman invasion in 43AD there was an immediate impact on Oxfordshire. Alchester was established as a major military base, possibly as soon as 44AD this was due to its location at an important...

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  • Useful websites

    Because the Cotswolds straddle several counties it can be hard to know where to go for information, but there are several good websites on the region. Interestingly, more than one of these claims to be the “official” website of the Cotswolds, but that aside, all have their useful points.www.the-cotswolds.org – written in English and Japanese, with...

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  • History of the area: the wool trade and...

    Historically, the Cotswold Hills were a rich area, their wealth built on the wool trade. In medieval times the native sheep, the “Cotswold Lions”, were famous throughout Europe for their heavy golden fleeces and the superior quality of their wool. The abbeys and monasteries raised huge flocks of these sheep, and an active trade developed. At that...

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  • Oxfordshire's bright yellow oil fields!

    Around early Summer, from April/May time, you will see a patchwork of brilliant yellow fields. These are crops of oilseed rape. The crop is used to make vegetable oil and also to prepare the field for the next crop, as part of a crop rotation system.It is something very typical of this part of the English Midlands and the Oxfordshire Downs As a...

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  • Oxford, THE University-town

    Everybody knows about the connection between Oxford and university. Though many will tell "it is NOT so" (me included) one might say that Oxford is THE university-town of our world. It is almost a synonym and though not the oldest (Paris' Sorbonne and Spanish Salamanca were just a few years earlier). Doesn't take away the fact that everybody knows...

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  • Radcliffe Camera

    Probably England's earliest example of a round library. Built ;in the mid-eighteenth century to house a medical library donated by the famous physician Dr. Radcliffe. It is now a reading room for undergraduates, and is not open to the public.

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  • Museum of Oxford

    A fascinating journey through the history of Oxford from the Ice-Age through to the twentieth century.

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  • Oxford Castle

    Although there is very little left of Oxford Castle (the Castle Mound, St. George's Tower, the chapel crypt and well chamber), it played an important role in the city's history. It was built by Robert d'Oilly in 1071 as a royal residence and administrative centre.

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  • Open Top Bus Tours

    It provides a headphone commentary in several languages, and leaves frequently form the Town Hall and Bust Station and other stops on the route. You can get the ticket on the bus.

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  • The Oxford Story

    Take your seat aboard the 25 mins indoor 'dark' ride and travel through 900 years of University history, complete with sights, sounds and smells.

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  • Cornmarket Street

    There are many shops and fast food shops at the both sides of the street. It is very busy on Sat and Sun.

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  • Botainic garden

    This is Bristain's oldest botanic garden. In two hectares it has 8000 plant species. Free entry except from April to August.

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  • Open Air Show

    I saw the drama "Rome and Juilet" in this open air place. The artists wore jeans. It is located in Merton Field just behind the Botanic Gardens.

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  • Punting

    You can do the punting near The Old Horse House, Magdalen Bridge. Punts are also available from Folly Brdige during the summer. I prefer punting in Cambridge.

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  • Carfax Tower

    This tower is the remain of St. Martin's, the first city church. On the east facade the Church clock is adorned by two "quarter boys", who hit the bells at every "quater" of the hour. Climb the tower (99 steps) for a marvellous view across Oxford. Last entry 30 mins before closing.

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  • see the university park; take...

    see the university park; take your book and bLanket or something like that; go to the park, lay down on the grass and enjoy yourself!!!

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  • Go there at the beginning of...

    Go there at the beginning of October. One weekend in October, (normally the 2nd in the month) is when all the new under-grads Matriculate (swear in to the uni). If you position yourself at the Cornmarket end of Broad street, you can happily watch lots of fresh faced students being paraded through town with black gowns and mortar boards! Living in...

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  • Go to Christ Church College...

    Go to Christ Church College and then walk through Christ Church meadows past Merton College (see photo) Pottering around in the Covered Market. A great variety of interesting shops and fabulous cafes.

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  • Take it easy and look around. ...

    Take it easy and look around. Enjoy the scenery and architecture. The public isn't allowed to go into this building which is a library for college students, it's called the Radcliff. Go by it though, it looks very interesting.

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  • zoe_c's General Tip

    What a race..... *CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BLUE BOAT!* for winning the 148th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race yesterday (March 30th 2002). Well done also to Isis who beat Goldie, and the women's crews. A great day was had by all (well, the Oxford supporters anyhow) down at the river!

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  • Visit the colleges! Some of...

    Visit the colleges! Some of them were built in the 1200s, some are more modern, and all are great to visit! The classic touristy ones are Magdalen, Christchurch, New College and Merton. Other less famous but still lovely ones include Jesus, Wadham, and my college: Somerville! Somerville is about 10 minutes walk from Carfax (the centre of town), but...

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  • muse_chik's General Tip

    Rather funny, actually. Whilst in Oxford, we got rather hungry, and decided to eat lunch at a Lebanese restaurant in an upstairs level of a building nearby. The food was great and we were having a blast eyeing the very attractive waiter when we realized that nearby, a group of teenagers was smoking what suspiciously looked like a bong. Glancing...

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  • When in Oxford you must visit...

    When in Oxford you must visit The Oxford Covered Market. There you will meet some real English caracter and have teh English experience.I lived in Oxofrd for 10 years and the Covered Market is England in one place Most of the memories I have are so good.But I will never forget the wonderful pasta shop I found there. The people are so friendly and...

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  • Try punting on the Thames.

    Though my memories of Oxford are mostly miserable, I did enjoy our paddle boat ride. It was relaxing. The rain had stopped and we circled around an outdoor theater and were able to catch a glimpse of a performance of Alice in Wonderland.

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  • Winter in England is generally...

    Winter in England is generally not a very nice thing (unless it snows), it is grey, wet and cold.Summer in England however is truly beautiful. Oxford is a great place to be in the summer, all the old buildings look truly magnificent, the place is full of trees and flowers and generally the place has a really great feeling!

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  • Oxford is best visited in the...

    Oxford is best visited in the summer. There is nothing better than sitting on the grass in Christchurch watching the tourists go by in the punts, a hilarious experience to say the least! Last time I saw about 5 people fall into the river, or get stuck on the poles!

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  • See a boat regatta, you can...

    See a boat regatta, you can have plenty of fun either watching or taking part in some of the games. See how many people you can get in a dinghy before it capsizes or how fast you can moor your boat or position it correctly are just some of the activities.

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  • Plendil's General Tip

    If you're thinking of hiring a boat and don't know what size is best for you, the hiring company usually show sleeping arrangements. Our boat was about 25 feet long and could accommodate 4 adults but with 2 large dogs it could get cramped at times specially when it was raining and everyone took refuge down below (except for me as I was the one...

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  • There will be a lot of wild...

    There will be a lot of wild life around the water from your normal every day water life to the more obscure. You will see Swans and cygnets, water voles, damsel and dragon flies, butterflies plus many more species. I even saw a grass snake take a swim on the Grand Union Canal. I saw my first ever Kingfisher in the wild whilst travelling the Trent...

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  • go in the centre and meet...

    go in the centre and meet people form everywhere in the world... I must study, then i had not so many time to see what i want and my english it's not better then in this time.....

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  • We had a great time on our...

    We had a great time on our second visit to oxford just wandering the streets in the rain! Not everyone's cup of tea I am sure...but it helped us get a feel for the city!

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  • More pretty places in the...

    More pretty places in the Cotswolds. I think the place here at the bottom is in a town called Burton and the top one as you can see by the name is Stow-on-the-Wold.

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  • This was kinda neat, the motor...

    This was kinda neat, the motor museum in Boughton-on-the-water. Also the train exhibition is cute there too (not in the same building.) I particularly liked the 1920s caravans at the motor museum and the knick knacks from the 20s in here so charming, see bottom picture of the three here. If Brum ever makes it big outside the UK, the little Brum car...

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  • Unfortunately I can't remember...

    Unfortunately I can't remember which town is which, although more likely than not the ones with the river are Boughton on the Water. Went also to Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway and gosh I keep forgetting the name of the other town! Burton? Will check. The little houses and shops are so pretty - see for yourself!

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  • Go punting

    Punting back from a picnic up in the meadows. It was dark, we were rather the worse for wear and the person steering had bad night sight, so I had to sit up front (in Oxford one punts from the rear as't were) and yell 'left a bit' 'right a bit' and so on.Oxford in the Summer is glorious. The sandstone reflects the sunlight and makes the whole...

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  • Visit Blenheim. More...

    Visit Blenheim. More information on European castles and palaces in the comprehensive Castle Point page!!! This great palace is situated just outside Oxford. I added a special TRAVELOGUE about Blenheim to this page!

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  • I was here with a study group...

    I was here with a study group that had a special reception at the city hall and a guided tour through the city. Having lunch with Edwina Currey. She's fun!

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  • Visit the club 'Park End'. The...

    Visit the club 'Park End'. The DJ´s puts together awsome garage mixes. I can´t tell if they allways do but they did when I was there. The friendly atmosphere in the city of Oxford.

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