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  • 1. Oxford University & Colleges

    Wadham College is one of the few colleges founded by a woman - Dorothy Wadham -, who used her husband Nicholas's heritage to found the college in 1610, a year after his death, when she was 75 years...

  • 2. Christ Church

    Founded in 1546, Christ Church is nowadays Oxford's biggest and also one of its richest colleges. Its front quad alone provides enough space for a "normal" college... Moreover, the college is home to...

  • 3. Punting

    The River Cherwell (pronounced Char-well) is a quiet tributary of the Thames, to the east of the city centre. It is a popular place to go punting ...which basically means you hire a flat bottomed boat...

  • 4. Bodleian Library

    The Bodleian Library, or Bod as everybody calls it, is the biggest and most important library of Oxford. It owns roughly 9 million (!) books which makes it the second-largest library in Great Britain....

  • 5. Bridge of Sighs

    Although the proper name is Hertford Bridge everyone calls it Bridge of Sighs! This is because it was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson in the style of the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. This...

  • 6. Radcliffe Camera

    Built between 1737 and 1749, Radcliffe Camera is one of the most unusual buildings in Oxford and the earliest example in England of a circular library. Bequeathed by John Radcliffe, physician to King...

  • 7. Museums

    These two museums are among Oxford's finest - and conveniently located in one building. The Museum of Natural History is a good place to go to with children who might not be as fascinated by college...

  • 8. Carfax Tower

    If you want to enjoy a view over Oxford's rooftops, but don't dare to climb the steep stairs of St. Mary the Virgin, then Carfax Tower should be your choice. Located at the top end of High Street, the...

  • 9. Sheldonian Theatre

    There are several good reasons to visit the Sheldonian Theatre. First, this is an early architectural masterpiece of Christopher Wren, built in 1664-1668. Wren was at that time Professor of Astronomy...

  • 10. University Church of St. Mary

    The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the highest building on High Street and it provides you with a fantastic view over the roofs of Oxford. The only thing you have to do is pay a fee of...

  • 11. Magdalen College

    Magdalen College is accessible via High Street, and the first thing you'll see are the gargoyles on the wall. They are typical for Oxford (see this, this or this gallery), and of course Magdalen...

  • 12. Botanic Gardens

    This botanical garden is the UK's oldest botanical garden and it holds 7,000 different species of plants. After kew gardens for me it was a bit disappointing but then again entry was only GBP3. They...

  • 13. Oxford Castle - Unlocked

    The castle, is as noted in it's marketing material, is "so much more than a castle..." - the site is home to 11th century castle fortification (motte and bailey) was the location of Oxfrod Prison...

  • 14. Martyrs' Memorial

    Victims of Queen Mary's attempts to restore Catholicism as the state religion of England, the three prominent Protestant church leaders: Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Nicholas Ridley, Archbishop...

  • 15. Saxon Tower

    Dating from 1040, the church tower is the oldest building in Oxford. Found on the corner of Cornmarket St and Ship St, it marks the former north gate of the city - just outside the city limits on what...

  • 16. High Street

    One of the most photographed streets in Oxford (and probably the UK), High Street (or The High) was described by Thomas Hardy in 'Jude The Obscure' - "And there's a street in the place — the main...

  • 17. Broad Street

    Designed by Hawksmoor (Wren's greatest pupil and designer, among others, of Christ Church Spitalfields and St George's Bloomsbury, both in London) and built between 1711 and 1713 and housed the Oxford...

  • 18. Christ Church Meadow

    One of the nicest walks in Oxford is the roughly 2km long path around Christ Church Meadow. Old trees line the path, students sit on benches or leaning onto the roots of a huge chestnut or beech tree...

  • 19. Pitt Rivers Museum

    This museum, tucked away behind the Oxford University Natural History Museum is just a mass of fascinating objects gathered together under headings such as Musical instruments - Drums, North American...

  • 20. Ashmolean Museum

    The buiding itself is a like lovely Grecian goddess. Nevermind that she is going through major remodeling renovation currently (mid-late 2007). All of the great, comprehensive museums in England are...

  • 21. Jericho

    In Lyra's universe, this church appears as 'the great square-towered oratory of St Barnabas the Chymist'. It's an unusual sort of church by English standards, looking very much as if it belongs...

  • 22. Churches

    There has been a church ion this site for over 1000 years. That earliest church was wooden and stood outside the city walls: it was probably burned duing the Viking raids of the early 1000s. The...

  • 23. University Parks

    Huge parts of Oxford are green - meadows, parks, gardens, college lawns... One of them, and also one of the nicest places for a walk is the University Parks which stretch out between River Cherwell in...

  • 24. Folly Bridge to Iffley Lock

    One of the nicest walks in Oxford takes you down river Thames towards Iffley Lock. It's approximately 3km long, if you start at Folly Bridge. You walk on the...

  • 25. Iffley Road Stadium

    The Sir Roger Bannister athletics track at Iffley Road Stadium is a competition standard 400 meter UKA accredited track. Surrounding the track is seating on the...

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