The making of Scholars and ProfessorsOur visit to the City of Oxford
Oxford is so often high on visitors list, however, for some reason or another Gary and I had never quite managed to make it there. Often passing close by on our way to another town or city.
So, we thought it was about time that we rectified that; and even the Great British sunshine made an appearance, (wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t mention the weather).
Historic OxfordHow old?
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Oxford's SightsThe Radcliffe Camera
Where to stay in Oxford
We stayed at the; -voco - Oxford Spires – Located along the River Thames, the historic city centre is only a 15-minutes' walk away. Perfect for a road trip as it has onsite parking.
Or alternatively why not checkout the;
- Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel - This 17th-century converted coaching inn is just a 5-minute walk to the ancient heart of Oxford. Lovely comfortable rooms.
Ancient lanes in OxfordBrasenose Lane
Oxford's Historic LibraryThe Bodleian
Iconic Oxford“Bridge of Sighs”
There are so many lovely historic buildings & structures is such a small area.
Just behind Bodleian Library is the Hertford Bridge nicknamed “Bridge of Sighs’, due to its resemblance to the one in Venice. Although I agree with others that say it has similarities to the Rialto Bridge instead.
A homage to...
Oxford's Notable ArchitectsSir Christopher Wren
Did you know?
Oxford's ArchitectureToo many to show
Oxford's MuseumsGiven more time
Oxford UniversityIt’s all about the colleges.
The University of Oxford is made up of different institutions of which there are 38 colleges.
Some of the more well-known are Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Oriel, Magdalen & Merton to name a few.
Oxford University had its own police force for 180 years, who were known as “Bulldogs”.
They were disbanded in 2003; however, some porters still where the synonymous bowler hats at the gates of colleges.
Digging a little deeper in OxfordMagdalen College
Uncovering the mystery
After the hard workRelaxing
What else may spring to mind when you think of Oxford, is the famous English Boat Race along the River Thames, held annually against Cambridge.
You can stroll along the Thames by Christ Church Meadow and see the colleges taking to the water.
Escape for a few days
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Shopping in OxfordIt’s not all academia
Pretty Little OxfordQuirky Shops & Charming buildings
Oxford's Watering holesA pit stop or two
From the number of photos on the wall, they were in there quite a bit.
Now, honestly, just for research purposes, we popped into The Turf Tavern, it’s down a little side alley, but it looks like a few famous alumni have frequented here.
The Silver Screen
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I was curious to see if you were able to get into any of the buildings, because I was not, which was a bummer. #farawayfiles
Although the colleges have signs up to say they are closed, from around 2pm they open to the public. Some you have to pay to visit, we went to Magdalen College which was £6.
Oxford really is beautiful. We visited in the pouring rain earlier this year and it was still fabulous – although we spent most of our time in the brilliant Blackwell’s bookshop and the aforementioned Turf Tavern! A visit to one or two of the colleges is a must and the museums here are superb. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
Yes, it is lovely and very easy to stroll around, you turn corner after corner and so many incredible buildings. We visited Magdalen College, however, we also wanted to see Christ Church College but it was closed to visitors for a couple of days for new students to visit.
I was in Oxford just a few weeks ago for a work conference and vowed to come back and investigate the colleges a bit more. Its such a beautiful city and so easy to get to from London. I’m definitely inspired to visit Magdalen college now #FarawayFiles
Magdalen College was lovely, particularly that it has a deer park. It’s interesting to see a little bit of life behind the doors. I believe that most of the Colleges don’t open to the public until around 2pm.I hope you enjoy it.
I find it interesting how others view a place I’m well acquainted with. It holds so many memories for me. #FarawayFiles
Hopefully you liked the post. I understand what you mean, when you live somewhere for a period of time you often see things differently from visitors.We live in Kent, so also find it interesting to hear what other people have to say about it.
I’ve always wondered whether should I visit Oxford or Cambridge but after reading your post, I’m convinced that Oxford might be worthwhile to make a day trip from London 🙂 Great that you had a fantastic weather!
Oxford is a lovely city; the historical centre is actually reasonably small. I really enjoyed visiting Magdalen College, we also wanted to visit Christ Church college, however, it was closed to the public that day, as new students were visiting.I have only visited Cambridge briefly some years ago, so we are going to take a trip there hopefully early next year. Keep you posted.