Oxford City is infamous for its prestigious university, history and incredible architecture. Poet Matthew Arnold created its nickname, the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Its origins dating back to the Anglo-Saxons. However, the University has mentions as early as the 12th century. Creating endless opportunity for adventure within the city.
A number of captivating tours are discoverable from the many Visitor Information Centres dotted around Oxford City Centre. The includes a tour of the prestigious university, guided bus tours of Oxford’s greatest elements, a tour and breath taking view up the Carfax tower and much more. The chances are endless. The plethora of medieval, archaic hotels in the centre make it a perfect weekend away.
Guided bus tours of Oxford’s most incredible elements.
Not to mention the incredible Westgate shopping centre that has been refreshingly refurbished in recent years. Ranging from top designer brands, budget friendly varieties and every cuisine you can think of. The Westgate has shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants suitable for all the family. Some infamous locations include the incredible Alchemist cocktail bar and restaurant, the Breakfast club, Junkyard Golf and an abundance more. The Westgate shopping centre is a day out in itself.
However, Oxford contains many hidden treasures to be admired. Such as, the Bridge of Sighs, Oxford’s most visually appealing Beaumont Street, Magadalen Bridge Boat House and the pastel houses of Hollywell Street.
Although, a tour around the Divinity School is unmissable. Observe the complex and abstruse architecture. One of the halls most famous aspects is its part in the Harry Potter films. But the Divinity Schools original purpose was for exams and lectures from the early 1400’s. The Divinity School is attached to the Bodleian Library. This is one of the oldest library’s in Europe and is the primary research library for the University of Oxford. Extensive tours exploring the endless amounts of intricate details within the library is also available.
However, a much treasured aspect of Oxford is the marvellous Natural History Museum. Containing an incredible amount of archives and specimens dating further back than the Jurassic times. From Dinosaur skeletons, ancient insects, Minerals, Gem stones, Ocean life and more. The museum café is home to quality tea, coffee and baked goods. Proving a perfect stop on your adventure. The gift shop is also a fantastic browse on your way out. The Natural History Museum also holds numerous events. Such as, Exhibitions, Science shows and Spotlight Specimen sessions.