….plus the best restaurant in town!
Oxford city needs no introduction. While the name conjures up images of the towering Oxford University, the city offers more than an overload of educational establishments. Ancient constructions bundle alongside newer buildings along the medieval, cobbled streets. Savour a wealth of history, architecture and culture plus the lively atmosphere of Oxford city. Read on for the best locations to see in this stunning region.
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Christ Church College
Christ Church or ‘The House’ resembles a rural house, and it’s probably one of the few places in the UK where porters still wear bowler hats! Lewis Carol strode through classrooms educating pupils on the finer point of mathematics while the establishment served as a place of education for many well-known figures including Einstein, WH Auden and 13 British Prime ministers. Christ Church chapel is the cathedral of the city.
Where? St Aldate’s, Oxford, England.
Entrance ticket cost for adults– £8 for adults.
Entrance ticket for children– £7 for children.
Business hours – Mon-Sat – 10 AM to 4.15 PM – Sunday – 02 PM to 4.00 PM.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Take a look at the collections of Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers! The cultural and scientific compilations of this celebrated anthropologist surpass over 20,000 items and were gathered on his many journeys around the British Empire. Take a peek at the shrunken heads and mummies. Other gory exhibits include prized scalps! Eek!
Where? : South Parks Road, England
Entrance ticket cost for adults– Free admission
Entrance ticket cost for children– Free access
Business hours – Tue-Sun – 10 AM to 4.30 PM – Monday – 12 PM to 4.30 PM.
One of the oldest libraries in the world, the Bodleian Library owns over 12 million books, housed along 117 miles of shelving! Apart from the extensive collection of books, the building contains gorgeous corners, historic rooms, and architectural marvels. The building has also featured in the Harry Potter films!
Where? : Catte St., Oxford, England.
Entrance ticket cost for adults– Tours begin at £6.
Entrance ticket cost for children– Tours begins at £6.
Business hours – Tue-Sun – 09 AM to 5.00 PM – Monday – 11 AM to 5.00 PM.
Tolkien’s Final Resting Place
Step into Wolvercote Cemetery, and you’ll find the come across the final resting place of Tolkien and his wife. The gravestones bear the carvings of the names Beren and Lúthien in reference to the love shared between a maiden elf who sacrificed her immortality to be with a mortal man.
Where? : Banbury Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford, England.
Entrance ticket cost for adults– Free admission.
Entrance ticket cost for children– Free admission 6.
Business hours – Mon – Fri – 07 AM to 8.00 PM
Saturday & Sunday – April – September- 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
Saturday & Sunday – October – March- 8.00 AM up to 5.00 PM.
Vaults & Garden Restaurant
Set in the heart of Oxford city, this restaurant was formerly used as a church vault before modern renovations converted part of the church into a tasteful restaurant. Maintaining a medieval theme, visitors claim the décor makes them think they’ve stepped into an eatery of days past! The speciality food here is reportedly seafood; however, the menu includes cakes, kinds of pasta, sandwiches plus gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Meals can be enjoyed inside or under the elements in the courtyard. While the menu does away with frills and fancy fare, there are dishes to suit every palate and it all sums up to a reasonable figure. No wonder the locals are fascinated with the place!
Where? : University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Sq., Oxford, England.
Mains: Start at £7.
Business hours – Daily – 08:30 AM to 6.00 PM.
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