University of Oxford

About Oxford, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Oxford, Oxfordshire, England)

Aside from being a university city, Oxford is a city steeped in history and tradition. It has been called the City of the Dreaming Spires because of the way the peaks of the university buildings catch the sunlight at dawn and dusk. It has a population of over 130,000 and a history spanning almost 1,200 years.

What to do in Oxford

Tourists who commonly flock to Oxford in the summer months of July, August, and September can catch the fireworks festival at Blenheim Palace. Those who arrive in September can visit the St. Giles Fair, a traditional English street fair where vendors peddle their wares and various entertainers roam the city.

If you are academically inclinde you can spend a day in the Bodleian Library - one of the county's most historic and imporant, houses in a unique circular building designed by Samuel Pepys. There's also good view of the 'city of the dreaming spires' from the Cafax tower.

Tourist Attractions

Those who love to shop can visit one of Oxford's many shopping districts like the row of shops, restaurants, and boutiques on Cornmarket Street and the Clarendon Shopping Centre. Visitors should not miss out on taking a tour of the Museum of Oxford or the Burton Taylor Theatre. The Museum of Oxford chronicles the history of the city and the university. The Burton Taylor Theatre is an intimate 50-seat theatre owned by the university, where plays and matinees are held regularly.

Oxford has plenty of quiet tranquil backwaters to relax in, including the River Thames bordering Port Meadow; many within walking distance of the CBD . The Cherwell Boat House is a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike to try out their punting skills.

Harry Potter fans will recognise the interiors of Christ Church College, setting for Hogwarts Hall in films. In the nearby Ashmoleum Museum you'll discover manuscripts showing Oxford's 800 years as a seat of learning.

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