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Short Walk in Oxford


Short Walk in Oxford


Oxford is more than just a University City, but with 38 colleges, inevitably the city centre is dominated by institutions related to its huge academic community, such as Blackwell’s bookshop, which stocks over 20,000 titles. The two rivers, the Cherwell and the Isis provide lovely riverside walks, or you can hire a punt and spend a few hours on the water.

Oxford is a great place to explore on foot, it is full of history and interesting buildings. A walk around the city centre will take you past eminent colleges and other university buildings, as well as Radcliffe Square, perhaps one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.

At a glance:

  • Ashmolean Museum. One of the best British museums outside London, the Ashmolean is based on a collection put together in the 17th century by two John Tradescants, father and son. The collections comprise Greek, Roman and Indian artifacts, ancient Egyptian mummies, Anglo-Saxon treasures and modern Chinese paintings, all of world-class standard. Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683, was the first museum in the world to be opened to the public.
  • Oxford Botanic Garden. Britain’s oldest botanic garden was founded in 1621-one ancient yew tree survives from that period. The delightful garden has an original walled garden, a rock garden and an insectivorous plant house.
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin. This, the official university church, is said to be the most visited parish church in England. The oldest parts date from the early 13th century and include the tower, from which there are fine views. Its Convocation House served as the university’s first library until the Bodleian was founded in 1488.
  • Christ Church. The best way to view the largest of the Oxford colleges is to approach it through the meadows from St Aldate’s. Christ Church dates from 1525, when Cardinal Wolsey founded it as an ecclesiastical college to train cardinals. Christ Church has produced 13 British prime ministers in the last 200 years. The Renaissance magnificence of Christ Church’s Hall inspired the film-makers of the Harry Potter series.
  • Merton College. This is the oldest college (1264) in Oxford. Much of its hall is original, including a sturdy decorated door.
  • Magdalen College. Magdalen is perhaps the most iconic and beautiful Oxford college, with its 15th-century quads in contrasting styles backing onto the Cherwell.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Entertainment, Sightseeing
  • Address

    The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Oxford

"Great place to explore on foot, full of history and interesting buildings"

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