Staff Recommends: City of Oxford
Location and some short history
Oxford is well known in the whole world thanks to its university, which happens to be one of the most important universities… In The World (You have to imagine this last phrase spoken by Jeremy Clarkson). It’s the oldest English-speaking University on the planet, and the world’s second-oldest surviving university. But Oxford is much more than just a university. Placed at 65 miles north west from London, Oxford is a city with a lot of history. The first things we heard about Oxford were around A.D. 900, it earned popularity like a military frontier in the 10th Century and with the construction of the Oxford Castle in A.D. 1066. The city is beautiful, not to big (perfect for a day trip) and there’s something interesting in every corner. Plus, if you are a Harry Potter fan then you can’t skip the trip to this city!
Things to do and visit
Oxford has a lot of things to do and visit. If you are going to a city in England you have big chances of finding a castle. So let’s start from there… The Oxford castle is a large, partly ruined Norman medieval castle. Most of the original moated, wooden motte and bailey castle was replaced in stone in the 11th century and played an important role in the conflict of the Anarchy. In the 14th century the military value of the castle diminished and the site became used primarily for county administration and as a prison (which continued to be in use until 1996). It was originally built in 1071 for William the Conqueror, to enable the Normans to control the area. You can visit it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ashmolean Museum is another good option to visit. Its emplacement is in Beaumont Street, in the centre of the city. Founded in 1683, its one of the world’s leading museums of art and archaeology. If you are not too much into that, you still have to check out this beautiful building. Plus, the entry is free! It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the centre of the city, in St. Aldates Street, you can find the Christ Church. It’s a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. It has a world famous Cathedral Choir; scholarly collections of books and art; and it’s always enjoyed by many visitors.
You can also visit the Blenheim Palace in the north of Oxford. It’s one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was built in the 18th Century and it’s placed very close to Woodstock.
Oxford has also more things to visit, like Port Meadow, all the Colleges, the Bridge of Sighs, the astonishing Radcliffe Camera, the University Museums (like the Botanic Garden, Natural History), the Town Hall, etc.
And when you are done with the history…
Oxford is also a great place to go out! In a city full of students, you will find a lot of pubs and clubs where you can go to have a great evening and night. The Turf Tavern, Eagle & Child, Lamb & Flag, The Bear and King’s Arms are one of the most popular pubs in the city that we can recommend, but there are lots of pubs and clubs that are waiting for you to discover them!
How do I get there?
The best way to go to Oxford City is by a train that you can take in Paddington Station. If you are staying in Palmers Lodge Hillspring or Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green or Swiss Cottage respectively, to Baker Street. Then, change to the Bakerloo Line (Northbound) to Paddington. The rail ticket costs around £25.
Go, explore… and have fun!!!