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Out and about in Oxford

When you are out and about in Oxford you will appreciate why it is called the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, a term coined by Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the university buildings. Although the colleges are dated from 1249, the city is modern and vibrant.

The River Thames runs through Oxford where for 10 miles it is know as Isis. There is good access to Oxford via the M40 motorway or A34 and A44 main trunk roads.

Out and about in Oxford you will find numerous tourist attractions – the ancient and modern university college buildings of Oxford, Carfax Tower with panoramic views over the city, a historical themed ride through university life through the ages in the Oxford Story, the Asholmean Museum, the oldest museum in Britain, with life through the ages. See the Pitt Rivers Museum of Natural History, the Museum of History of Sciences and the Bates collection of musical instruments.

There is the Bodlean Library, The Clarendon Building, the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University press buildings, all worth a visit and the city’s ‘Town Hall’. There are also many tourist shops in the daily covered market and shopping precincts at Westgate, Clarnedon Gate and Golden Cross

There are numerous theatres, Oxford Playhouse, New Theatre, Burton Taylor Theatre, Old Fire Station Theatre and the Pegasus Theatre for a variety of plays during the year.

There are lovely walks in and around Oxford which are close to the city centre and offer open spaces at the University Parks, the University Botanic Gardens, Christ Church Meadow and Mesopotemia.

There are many famous hotels in the centre of the city, namely the Randolph Hotel, The La Malmaison which was previously the old gaol, which now offers luxurious accommodation together with famous pubs, the Eagle and Child, Turf Tavern, the Bear and the Lamb and Flag.

Oxford is also home to one of the largest bookshops in the world with all conceivable subjects and types of literature covered in Blackwells of Broad Street,

With the towns and gown catering for all areas of interest and cultures in the city there are now eating houses of all types from traditional English fare to Chinese, India, Thai, Afro Caribbean West Indian and numerous coffee shops and tea-rooms dotted around the city and market place.

The city has had many films and TV series based there, namely Morse with the famous detective played by John Thaw and now Lewis with Kevin Whateley.

Hours of fun can be had exploring this fantastic city

History of Oxford

The University of Oxford is first mentioned in the 12th century and Oxford earliest colleges were University College in 1249, Balliot 1263, Merton 1264 and were established when Europeans were starting to translate Greek philosophy. Christ Church Cathedral is unique as it both a college chapel and cathedral in one building.

In 1790 the Oxford Canal was opened and connected to Coventry.

In 1840 the Great Western Railway and London/ North Western Railway linked Oxford and London.

By the 20th century Oxford grew quickly with the printing and publishing industries followed by the start of Oxford’s first car factory from William Morris and the Morris Motor Co. The car factory established itself at Cowley where in the 1970’s 20,000 people worked but this declined in 80’s and 90’s with the decline of British Leyland but is now flourishing again with the mini for BMW.

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