Oxford, ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, is famous the world over for its University and its place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars. Oxford has been an established town since the 9th century, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.
With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for the tourist to do and see. Whether it’s visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show, or shopping until you drop - Oxford has it all.
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Blenheim Palace - This magnificent stately home was built for the ancestors of Winston Churchill and was his birthplace. It lies just north of Oxford in Woodstock.
Bodleian Library - The Divinity School and the Bodleian’s exhibition room are open to the public. They receive a quarter of a million visitors each year.
Oxford Botanic Garden - The oldest botanic garden in Britain, this Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World. There is more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.
Oxford City Sightseeing – Bus tours of the City. On the tour you will see Magdalen College, The site of William Morris's first workshop, University Science Area, the City Walls, Sheldonian Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Martyr's Memorial, Christ Church College, River Cherwell, Carfax Tower, Alice's Shop, Radcliffe Infirmary, Bodleian Library, The High, Broad Street and the University Parks.
North Oxford Golf Club - a private members club with traditional values, where visitors and societies are made to feel welcome.
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. The collection includes extensive photographic and sound archives which contain early records of great importance.
Scholars Walking Tour of Oxford The tour takes about 60 minutes to complete, not counting any time you spend visiting colleges or lingering in parks and meadows. An excellent introduction to the city of Oxford.
The Trout Inn - A famous English pub, dating back to the twelfth century. It featured in the tragic romance of Henry II and Rosamund and also, more recently, the Inspector Morse books by local author Colin Dexter and the TV adaptation featuring John Thaw and Kevin Whateley. It is local to the Marlborough House Hotel.
Oxford City Council Web Site - Handy if you’re thinking of moving to Oxford.
Oxford City Site - a useful local directory.
Oxford University - One of the world's oldest and most famous seats of learning.
Oxford Brookes University - Oxford's most recent university college.
The Bocardo Hotel
The Bocardo is a new contemporary boutique Oxford Hotel situated in the heart of Oxford City Centre.
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