Oxfordshire Off The Beaten Path

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Oxfordshire Off The Beaten Path

  • Iffley

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    When you have seen the university buildings and are a bit tired of the touristy and noisy city, come to Iffley to enjoy its peace and quiet. Situated on the Thames, it can be reached by boat from the pier by Folly Bridge or just by bus. See the interesting Iffley Lock but don't stop at that. This little village boasts a wonderful little church...

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  • Port Meadow

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Port Meadow is a large open country public field that stretches as far as the eye can see,there are plenty of footpaths to walk on and you can cross bridges over the River Thames that flows through the meadow.While out walking you may want to stop for refreshment so may i recommend thePub located over the river,just go over the main bridge and...

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  • Cowley Road

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    If Oxford is a genteel, civilised place, Cowley Road is its uncouthed, yet strangely alluring neighbour. Just 5 minutes walk from the town centre, but a million miles away in terms of atmosphere, Cowley Road is a true Bohemian/ethnic enclave and is where most students live, drink, shop and did I mention drink? Cowley Road used to be quite run-down,...

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  • Headington Shark

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Somewhat annoyingly, I was looking for this piece of art, but got a bit lost, so I have yet to describe it from the flesh, as it were. The story of the shark and the battle for it's retention against the combined forced of Oxford's planning department is a good read. The owner also did battle with the same foe over a giant pair of can-can dancers...

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  • Jericho

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Jericho is one of Oxford's most interesting neighbourhoods. Most of the action takes place on Walton Street, where there ar enumerous bars and restaurants, but it's also worthwhile exploring the side streets of Jericho, where you can find some great pubs.

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  • Old Town Wall

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Oxford's city wall remains are scant.It ran from the castle along the southern edge of Broadstreet. Officially there were three gates, north, west and east. These now only remain in name, ie; Westgate Shopping Centre, Eastgate Hotel and St. Michael at the Northgate. Michael's accommodation on Longwall Street backs on to a few wall...

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  • Oxford Canal

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    On eof my greatest pleasures in life is walking beside either rivers or canals. The canal system in Britain is so fascinating I would recommend it to any visitor to spend at least half a day just exploring a canalside somewhere. Many people come to Oxford and never even know there is a canal there. I suppose it's understandable with so many other...

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  • Christchurch Meadow

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    I chanced upon this memorial plaque whilst walking along the main path in Christchurch meadow. It is affixed to the wall of the garden of the very picturesque cottages there (see other picture) and commemorates, as you can see, an early balloonists exploits. Personally, I'd never heard of him until I saw this. The website given shows a print of...

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  • Godstow Nunnery

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    This medieval nunnery - founded in 1138 - is where Henry the second's mistress was murdered. It's just across the meadow from the famous Trout Inn in Wolvercote. You cna get here either from Port Meadow or by passing through Wolvercote.

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  • Botanic Garden

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Britain's oldest botanic garden with thousands of species of plants from all over the world. A lovely place to sit, or wander down the river. Situated on the site of the old Jewish cemetary. Open: winter - daily 9am-4.30pm, summer - daily 9am-5pm (closed Good Fri & Christmas Day). £ : yes though I can't remember how much

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  • May Day

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Not so much off the beaten path...more like a timing issue. Party it up at the May Ball the night before, hie on down to Magdealen Bridge at 06:00 on May 1st and fight through a crown of 10,000+ people to listen to the choir sing on top of the tower. Traditionaly, still-drunk students would jump off the bridge and into the 3 foot deep mucky...

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  • Natural History Museum

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    OXFORD UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Parks Road, Oxford, Tel: 01865 272965. It houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological, palaeontological and mineral specimens, accumulated in the course of the last three centuries. Open every day from 12 noon to 5pm throughout the year, except for short breaks over...

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  • Summertown

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Summertown is a popular area of North Oxford, where I lived during my first year in Oxford. It's a slightly middle class area with nice pubs and shops. Many students ahve moved in recently, giving the area a bit more zest!

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  • Sutton Courtenay - resting place of...

    All Saints Church in the leafy village of Sutton Courtenay, has more than one claim to fame. It's churchyard contains a British Prime Minister and a famous writer. The vicarage is at the other end of the village, so I am not sure how you obtain the key. It used to be available from one of the nearby houses. The church tower dates from the 12th...

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  • Sutton Courtenay - village with famous...

    Sutton Courtenay is a picturesque village 2.5 miles southeast of Abingdon. It is a great place to stop for a drink, or meal in one of its pubs. Or there are some pleasant river walks by the Thames. It has a long, long history, the highlight of which was the 18 years of my residence there ;-)Matilda, wife of King Henry I gave birth to the king's two...

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  • The Poem Tree

    On the summit of Castle Hill, at Wittenham Clumps, is the Poem Tree. Although it died in the 1990's, enough still remains for the poem carved into its trunk to be visible (although not readable).Joseph Tubbs was so inspired by the views and the history that he carved his poem into the bark in 1844/45. Fortunately, it was traced in the 1960s, so his...

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  • Wittenham Clumps

    Wittenham Clumps is now a nature reserve encompassing the Sinodun Hills, about 10 miles from Oxford. I'm not sure whether they are in Berkshire or Oxfordshire at the moment (they have changed county on occasion!) so I've duplicated this tip under both counties.A huge hill-fort (Castle Hill) lies on one of the hills, dating at least from the Iron...

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  • East Hagbourne - invaded by Androids!!

    East Hagbourne is a pretty village a short distance south of Didcot. It was the location for the filming of a series of the cult BBC TV programme "Doctor Who" in 1975. 'Android Invasion' starred Tom Baker (the guy with the very long scarf) in the lead role. East Hagbourne performed as the fictitious village of Devesham!The real village is filled...

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  • Blewbury - village of thatched walls

    Blewbury lies cross the fields from East Hagbourne and a couple of miles from Didcot and the main A34 road. It is an extremely pretty village of pubs, streams, thatched cottages ...and thatched walls. There is also a pleasant church at the centre of the village, next door to two delightful almshouses adjoining the graveyard.Apparently the village...

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  • Didcot Cathedral

    Well, ok, I mean Didcot Power Station. It dominates the flat landscape of South Oxfordshire. The 635 foot high chimney and six enormous cooling towers are major features of the area and can be seen for miles and miles. Didcot is not famous for much and many people have quite affectionate feelings to these features! As a small child in a...

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  • ART in an 18th century barn

    For three weeks in May every year, Barn Galleries (near Henley) host an excellent ARTSPACE event. Occasionally during the rest of the year there are other events too. Barn Galleries are a collection of very old timber, brick and flint farm buildings. The oldest and most impressive barn dates from the early 18th century. Filled from floor to the...

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  • Blenheim Palace

    Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, it's the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (there's an exhibition about him at the palace) and the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. The gardens are enormous and very beautiful. There's a maze, a butterfly garden and a herb garden.

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  • Tolkien's Oxford:There are...

    Tolkien's Oxford:There are lots of places in Oxford related to Tolkien, writer of 'Lord of the Rings'.I plan to visit some of them during my trip to Oxford.

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  • Don't miss the Pitt Rivers...

    Don't miss the Pitt Rivers Museum and adjacent Oxford Natural History Museum -- a treasure trove of fascinating anthropological and natural pieces from dinosaur skeletons to collections of primitive baskets. Nice, small shop, near University Parks and Keble College.

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  • The Natural History Museum and...

    The Natural History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum are great for rainy days and kids love them. The Natural History has huge dinosaur skeletons, and also skeletons from more familiar creatures like elephants and horses. There are beautiful displays of butterflies, beetles and birds as well as living colonies of bees, cockroaches and stick...

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  • St John's College, on St...

    St John's College, on St Giles, has free admission to the public, is well endowed with great gargoyles and has a beautiful garden.Across the road is the Eagle & Child pub where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien used to hang out with their friends, drink beer and read to each other from their works.

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  • Evensong at one of the Oxford...

    Evensong at one of the Oxford Colleges is spectacular. Particularly good are Christ Church and New College, both of which have daily services at 6pm. Services last about 45 minutes.The picture is of Christ Church Cathedral which is the college chapel of Christ Church College.

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  • If you are interested and want...

    If you are interested and want to meet an amazing artist and poet, if you are lucky you may come across Zoe Peterson, an ex-don in literature of one of the Universities... Polish/Austrian poet and artist. She sits in the Christchurch meadows, early afternoon drawing and talking to her animal friends. Ask to buy some of her poetry printed with her...

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  • You may come across a really...

    You may come across a really interesting bit of architecture or a really picturesque village on your trip and it is so easy to stop and investigate. No car parking fees to pay is a bonus!!

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  • Even though it was the height...

    Even though it was the height of the season (August) we did not meet many people. It was lovely, it was as though we were the only two people left in the world...no cars, buses, motorways, police sirens, motorbikes.....aaaah just perfect!

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  • Even though some of the canals...

    Even though some of the canals can become quite crowded in the summer months, there are still plenty of other places to relax and soak up the sun. Forget the Grand Union, Oxford Canal network, River Severn and go for the lesser known canals, it's much more relaxing and enjoyable.

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  • If anyone out there can tell...

    If anyone out there can tell me anything about this property then please do so. I think it was somewhere on the Trent & Mersey Canal, I couldn't decide whether it was inhabited or not but it looked quite an intriguing place.

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  • For a real culture shock - go...

    For a real culture shock - go see St Catherine's College - this was my college and it was built in the 1960s by a Scandinavian architect by the name of Arne Jacobsen. It has been likened to an alien landing pad! It is apparently the only listed 60s building in the country.

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  • Also check out the Oxford...

    Also check out the Oxford Natural History Museum (up amongst the science buildings near the parks). This building was designed to be a 'cathedral to nature' and it lives up to it. The exhibits are great too.

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  • We liked to walk along the...

    We liked to walk along the canal in Oxford from our B&B to a local pub. The apricot and Stilton Cheese stuffed pork chops served at the pub was excellent.

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  • Travelling on the train along...

    Travelling on the train along the single track MAIN line called 'The Cotswold Line' to Worcester. You might see rabbits in the fields on either side of the train; the sky always seems interesting; in the spring there are the lambs in the fields. You might even see the Grey Heron standing stock-still in one of the many streams or even alone in a...

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  • Keep on walking along the...

    Keep on walking along the trunk roads ( High Street,Queen street, Cornmarket Street etc ) and enjoy the river at the Botanic Gardens ( Magdelen Bridge ).

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  • Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester...

    Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester (about 10 miles south of Oxford and on A423 unless it's moved!) Beautiful old abbey, museum and very interesting small town with Roman history. If you like walking, ask directions to walk to Wittenham Clumps. You cross the river by Day's Lock and climbing up the Clumps will give you a delightful view. Check out the...

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