Whenever you here the name, Oxford, you immediately think of one of the best universities in the world, and you’d be right. Oxford is dominated by its ancient university with its colleges and dreaming spires, in fact due to the age of the university and the fact it grew over many centuries the university buildings are scattered all around the city centre rather than being centred on one campus. But there is much more to do in Oxford than admire its beautiful colleges, here are some other things to do with your time.
Oxford Castle – Many visitors don’t even realise there is a castle in Oxford, but there is, and its a great place to visit. CLIMB the Saxon St George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford.
DESCEND deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel where it is said, began the education for which Oxford is famed, and where Geoffrey of Monmouth penned the Legends of King Arthur.
EXPLORE the austere confines of the 18th century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing.
SCALE the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle.
Punting – Oh yes, its not just Cambridge that can boast punting on the river as an enjoyable past time for its visitors. Visit Oxford’s Magdalen Bridge Boathouse to hire a traditional Oxford punt, rowing boat or pedalo and enjoy cruising along Oxford’s stunning River Cherwell. Situated underneath Magdalen College Tower, at the lower end of Oxford’s world famous high street you will find Magdalen Bridge Boathouse. Here you can hire traditionally crafted punts, rowing boats and pedalos or spoil yourself by hiring a Chauffeured boat. We can also supply a pre-ordered picnic hamper with your chauffeured punt if requested.
Museums – There are many museums in Oxford, most of therm are free to visit. Firstly the daddy of all the museums, The Ashmolean, the oldest public museum in the world. The Ashmolean has everything from the ancient worlds to a great art collection, you could spend days looking around.
Oxford Museum of Modern Art – One of England’s leading modern art galleries, and yes its free.
University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum – The two museums are next door to each other, The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University’s scientific collections of zoological, entomological, geological, palaeontological and mineralogical specimens, accumulated in the course of the last three centuries. The Pitt Rivers Museum is one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present.
The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building (built in 1683), originally the old Ashmolean.
Museum of Oxford – This place tells you the story of the city and its people, cracking place to visit, situated in the Town Hall.
Literary Oxford – While Cambridge, England, has produced an astounding number of Nobel Prize winners, Oxford’s contribution to the literary world – particularly to that of fantasy and children’s literature – is unparalleled, with many of the city’s historic landmarks and streets playing a role in the lives of writers like JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Phillip Pullman as well as their fictional characters. There will be more on this in another blog soon.