This beautiful city of dreaming spires has plenty to offer the visitor on a coach break, with many historic university buildings to see including the famous Bodleian Libraries, and picturesque scenes of students and visitors punting on the river.
Oxford also has a wide variety of shops, from high street stores to quaint individual boutiques and bookshops, intermingled with plenty of restaurants and olde world taverns. The city’s literary connections include J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde and provided inspiration for some of the sets in the Harry Potter films.
The dreaming spires of Oxford.
Oxford University’s buildings boast some of the best architecture in the country with The Grand Hall at Christ Church College being the inspiration for Hogwarts’ Great Hall. The Bodleian Libraries’ most famous site and an impressive piece of Classical architecture, the Radcliffe Camera, was opened in 1749 and together with the other sites throughout Oxford now make these Libraries the second largest in the country (after the British Library) with over 12 million printed items.
The city boasts many fine examples of historic pub taverns, like the Eagle and Child which was a favourite meeting place of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Old Parsonage Hotel where Oscar Wilde is said to have stayed. Other places to visit include the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first public museum and now an important museum for art and archaeology, The Sheldonian Theatre – official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and Oxford Botanical Garden where you can sit under Tolkein’s favourite tree!
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