Visitor Vids tourist guide to Oxford, England. Make the most of your day out with our brand new, two minute guide to the top visitor attractions in Oxford.
Oxford, some 50 miles west of London, is nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. The town revolves around the world-renowned university. Established in the 12th century, there are more than 30 Oxford colleges. Situated in the medieval centre of Oxford – here are three of the most popular.
Christ Church - founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1524. Its former students include no less than 13 British prime ministers. With its imposing Tom Tower, (the upper part of which was designed by former student Sir Christopher Wren) and Oxford’s greatest quad, the college has also found recent fame as a location for Harry Potter films.
14th century New College was the first college in Oxford for undergraduates – with an impressive chapel and hall, it is a fine example of the Perpendicular Gothic style.
As you walk along New College Lane, look up at the steeped Bridge of Sighs linking the two halves of Hertford College to New College.
Magdalen, founded in 1458, is one of the wealthiest and most beautiful of Oxford's colleges. It has a reputation as a writer’s college. Look out for its fantastic cloisters.
Two other must sees are the Bodleian Library, founded by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1565 and the Radcliffe Camera, one of the city's most photographed buildings.
Oxford also boasts some spectacular museums – amongst the best are the Ashmolean – established in 1683 it is Britain's oldest public museum and The Pitt Rivers anthropological museum.
Oxford is a vibrant city, with a wide selection of shops, hotels and restaurants. Wander through the High Street, past the Carfax Tower (with city views), make a detour to medieval Oxford Castle, continue past the Covered Market towards the Botanic Garden and the beautiful river Thames, called the Isis.
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