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Walking and Biking Tour of Oxford
"The Oxford walking and bikingh tour combines the best of both worlds. Being on foot for part of the tour allows you to not only go into pedestrian areas such as the Christ Church meadows but also to go inside the colleges. The tour will visit some of Oxford’s oldest colleges detailing their development throughout history as well as the fun and curious aspects of this route.The tour will additionally enter the Bodleian Library. Established in 1602 it is undoubtedly the academic heart that keeps Oxford running. An organizational marvel soaked in history along with some modern elements. For example
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Oxford University Walking Tour
"This 2-hour Oxford University walking tour starting in central Oxford at 2pm (departures at 11am and 2pm on weekends) is designed to show you the world behind the doors. Using Oxford University students as your guide the walking tour unearths the drama behind this historic institution with a unique style. Small intimate groups enable the guides to concentrate on more diverse aspects of University life and you to ask more from them. Go inside one of ol as well as the Bodleian Library experience a taste student life. Get an in-depth history of the University colleges including All Souls College
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Oxford University Walking Tour
"This 2-hour Oxford University walking tour starting in central Oxford at 2pm (departures at 11am and 2pm on weekends) is designed to show you the world behind the doors. Using Oxford University students as your guide the walking tour unearths the drama behind this historic institution with a unique style. Small intimate groups enable the guides to concentrate on more diverse aspects of University life and you to ask more from them. Go inside one of ol as well as the Bodleian Library experience a taste student life. Get an in-depth history of the University colleges including All Souls College
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Botanical 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 hold events here throughout the summer encouraging picnics & socialising it is also next to the river.

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jo104
Aug 04, 2008

The Oldest Botanic Garden in England

I knew that I wanted to visit Magdalen College's Botanic Garden months before I came. I just love the ambiance and smells of such places. And the fact that this is the oldest one in all of England made me even more curious. Founded in 1621, it was first created by the university faculty of medicine to grow plants and herbs. It contains formal flower-beds, trees, ponds, glass houses where there are all sorts of plants, from tropical to desert plants, all in a very romantic setting. The River Cherwell passes right besides it's grounds so everyone can admire the sometimes curious punting habits of some tourists or the elegance of the Oxfordian. A friend and I came here with a lunch consisting of delicious sandwiches that we scarely had to share with wasps. So check which time of year you are in, if you want to emulate us... ;-)

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Gwenvar
Feb 05, 2007

Botanic Gardens

Established in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain, and the third oldest scientific garden in the world. The core of it is a beautiful walled garden, which is quite formal and consists of narrow beds with plants arranged in families. There are some pleasant water features, benches and plenty of shady trees. I particularly liked the collection of apple trees which is gorgeous in spring. The section below the 17th c walls was originally allotments belonging to Christ Church college, but was incorporated into the gardens in 1947; it now contains a rock garden and water garden amongst other features. Lastly there are the glasshouses (examples of which have been here for over 300 years!), which contain some fascinating plants from all over the world.

Admission is £2.70 (£2 concessions, children free) and the gardens are open from 9-16.30 Nov to Feb, 9-17.00 Mar Apr Sep Oct, and 9-18.00 May to Aug. Last admission 45mins before closing.

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illumina
Jul 05, 2006

Botanic Gardens

Situated just opposite the Magdalen College, the Botanic Gardens were founded as far back in time as 1621 by Henry Danvers for growing medicinal plants. Now you can find pretty much every variety of plant there.

Unfortunately, these are fun only in good, sunny weather – so check out your weather forecast before planning a trip to Oxford.

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Dec 02, 2004
 
 
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BOTANIC GARDEN

Begun in 1621, this is Britain's oldest botanic garden. In two hectares it has 8000 plant species. Tropical glasshouses are open from 10am-4pm. Free entry except from April to August, when there is a small charge.
Open daily 9am-4.30pm (last entry 4.15pm)

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Imbi
Oct 15, 2003

The Botanic Gardens - the bench

The last page of The Amber Spyglass is as moving a conclusion to a novel as I have ever read. It won't spoil much if I quote the final paragraph (the heart-wrenching stuff is already behind us!). In her own universe, Lyra has gone, after midnight, to her special bench - easily identified as this one - to reflect.

Somewhere in the garden a nightingale was singing, and a little breeze touched her hair and stirred the leaves overhead. All the different bells of the city chimed, once each, this one high, this one low, some close by, others further off, one cracked and peevish, another grave and sonorous, but agreeing in all their different voices on what the time was, even if some of them got to it a little more slowly than others. In that other Oxford where she and Will had kissed goodbye, the bells would be chiming too, and a nightingale would be singing, and a little breeze would be stirring the leaves in the Botanic Garden.

I wish I'd written that...

I wonder who will be sitting on this bench at noon on Midsummer Day?

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KennetRose
Jun 04, 2003

The Botanic Gardens - the gate

Through this gate the visitor to the Botanic Gardens passes through a high wall when crossing from the neatly laid-out formal gardens in the main part, closest to Magdalen College, to the younger and wilder garden at the far end. It's through here that Lyra leads Will, shortly before their final parting, to find the bench which they agree to sit on at noon every Midsummer Day in their respective universes.

Walls and barriers, gates and windows are an important recurring motif throughout His Dark Materials. There's something poignant about those roses, climbing towards each other but not meeting, and I like to think it's not too far fetched to suppose that they formed part of Pullman's inspiration.

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KennetRose
Jun 04, 2003

The Botanic Gardens - the pine tree

Pantalaimon, Lyra's daemon (don't ask, just read the book!), who has the form of a pine marten, delights in leaping from branch to branch in the "huge many-trunked pine tree" in the Botanic Gardens of her own world. To Lyra's delight, the tree exists in our world too, and here it is!

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Jun 04, 2003
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Botanic Gardens

One of the most scenic places in Oxford is the Botanic Gardens, Britain's oldest such gardens. I've very little knowledge of horticulture or gardening; instead I like visiting here just to relax and read.

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barryg23
Jun 03, 2003

Visit Botanic Garden...And...

Visit Botanic Garden...And this is not a joke, when was founded there were so much money spent on the walls and arhitecture that little was left for plants...anyways, that's a nice quiet green place right on the High Street and next to Magdalen College

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Sep 12, 2002

Things to Do Near Oxford

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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...
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Tom Tower

Tom Tower is a bell tower named for its bell, Great Tom. It is over the entrance to Christ Church Oxford in St Aldates leads to Tom Quad .The octagonal lantern tower was designed by Christopher...
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Carfax Tower

Located at one of the most important junctions in central Oxford, Carfax Tower has a very prominent place among Oxford's landmarks. It was once the tower of St. Martin's Church, but the church was...
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Christ Church College

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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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...
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Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera a lovely round building in Oxford. Designed by Jame Gibb in neo-classical style it was built between 1737 -and 1749. for the Radcliffe Science Library. The name Camera is Room in...
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