Oxford – the United Kingdom’s scholarly city – still maintains its reputation for being one of the world’s most renowned places for learning and knowledge. Oxford is known as the ‘city of the dreaming spires’ – a term first coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the gentle spires and harmonious architecture of the city’s university buildings.
Oxford is explored by visitors of all ages to learn everything about the city from its historic landmarks like Christ Church College and the Sheldonian Theatre to its unique blend of traditional and modern culture. They also want to enjoy the city’s more modern district that features prime shopping, restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Culture and heritage
Beautiful buildings, such as the Golden-stone university that include some of England’s most impressive architecture, the Bodleian Library, a masterpiece of English Gothic, Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, and the Radcliffe Camera are some of the outstanding landmarks that city of Oxford can be proud of. Indeed, Oxford is one of Britain’s Heritage Cities.
The most famous attraction in Oxford is its university. Then the Christ Church – founded in 1525, which is home to the city’s famous cathedral and birthplace of Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice books. Harry Potter fans will love the Great Hall which provided the model for the hall at Hogwarts. Other famous attractions and events are the Bodleian Library, ghost tours and so much more.
For shopping, head to Oxford’s Covered Market ( created in 1772) is a lively mix of small shops selling everything from handmade hats and gifts to Oxford sausages or antiquarian books. The High Street offers a range of unique boutiques, antique shops, bookshops and gift shops set amongst beautiful historic buildings
Food, drink & entertainment
Oxford’s lively mix of restaurants, pubs, theatres and tourist attraction give this historic city its alluring, vibrant and cosmopolitan buzz.
The Grand Café on the site of England’s first coffee house established in 1651, The Parsonage bar and restaurant in the Old Parsonage Hotel with its Oscar Wilde connections and the Eagle & Child pub, the regular meeting place of JRR Tolkien and his literary group, the Inklings are some of Oxford’s Establishments with historic connections.
At leisure you may have a drink at the Crown a famous historical pub or watch a classical concert at the Sheldonian Theatre while you are holidaying in Oxford.