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  • 1. Oxford University & Colleges

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    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...

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  • 2. 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...

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  • 3. Christ Church

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    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...

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  • 4. Radcliffe Camera

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    One of Oxford’s most distinctive landmarks, the circular Radcliffe Camera building serves as a reading room for the Bodleian Library. Named after the physician John Radcliffe, it was built between...

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  • 5. Bridge of Sighs

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    Unlike its namesake, the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, there is no water flowing under this bridge or passing gondolas. It is instead an overhead walkway linking two parts of Hertford College...

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  • 6. Bodleian Library

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    Oxford has several libraries, but Bodleian library, for its history and architecture, is the most remarkable (and visited!). Since the 16Th century it is open to the students , inheriting a...

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  • 7. University Church of St. Mary

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    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...

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  • 8. Magdalen College

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    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...

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  • 9. Carfax Tower

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    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...

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  • 10. 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...

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  • 11. 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...

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  • 12. Sheldonian Theatre

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    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...

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  • 13. Pitt Rivers Museum

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    We made a visit to the museum; it is free admission and has a wonderful collection. It is of course more than the shrunken heads they are famous for - lots to see over a number of floors. We visited...

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  • 14. 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...

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  • 15. Saxon Tower

    The Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate on the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket Street dates from about 1040. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy panoramic views of Oxford from the...

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  • 16. Christ Church Meadow

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    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...

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  • 17. Museums

    We were making our way to the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the only way that you can access that particular University museum is by going into and through the Natural History Museum. It was quite large...

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  • 18. 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...

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  • 19. Martyrs' Memorial

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    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...

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  • 20. Ashmolean Museum

    The Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street is named after Elias Ashmole who donated his cabinet of curiosities to the University of Oxford in 1677. It has extensive collections focusing on Art and...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 24. Town

    We had a quick look of the city, with most of our short time dedicated to the university. That gave us the idea that the city lives to and around the...

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  • 25. The Museum of the History of Science

    The Museum of the History of Science on Broad Street is the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum and home to a fascinating collection of scientific...

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