An ode to the ancient and the modern, the city is best known for being home to the esteemed university of Oxford – perhaps the oldest university in the English-speaking world with teaching dating back to 1096.
A focus on its rich traditions and marvelous heritage is reflected in the wonderful old buildings that are located amongst its cobbled paths and picturesque parks.
The Christ Church Cathedral is said to be where St Frideswaite, patron saint of Oxford, founded her nunnery. The spire of the rather larger University Church of St Mary the Virgin is truly a sight to behold. Upon climbing the 13th century tower, visitors can enjoy incredible vistas across city and to the splendid dome of the Radcliffe Camera, the 18th century masterpiece of neoclassical architecture which functions as a science library.
Found in the city centre, the Bodleian Library is the principal library for Oxonians. Housing some 12 million texts, it is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It stands opposite the Sheldonian Theatre, designed by the great Sir Christopher Wren, and is attached to the breathtaking Divinity School, where the first lectures took place centuries ago. Built in the Perpendicular style, the latter boasts a ceiling of magnificently elaborate lierne vaulting with intricate bosses and patterns.
There are also numerous museums, such as the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Museum of Natural History. The arts are an important part of university city, and Oxford is no different, with its collection of galleries and theatres offering everything from al fresco Shakespeare, to comedy, children’s productions and musicals.
No matter your interests, our experienced Travel Designers are on hand to help you make the most of your time in this fascinating city and with their assistance you will quickly grow to love it as much as they do.