It’s not only because it’s the oldest university city in the English-spreaking world. There are so many other reasons why Oxford should be on your must-see list.
Without Oxford, there would be no Lord of the Rings or Alice in Wonderland and the british culture would simply be incomplete without “the city of dreaming spires”.
With over 800 years of history, Oxford is a relatively small town in England but one of the fastest growing economically speaking and one of the most ethnically diverse. The home of the oldest university in UK, Oxford will seduce you with its hip and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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We all know that cuisine is one of the most important elements in a specific culture. If you want to eat in the same hotel restaurant where Oscar Wilde had stayed, you should visit the Old Parsonage Hotel. You can also drink a beer at Eagle&Child pub, where JRR Tolkien, the creator of Lord of the Rings, used to hang out with the Inklings, his literary group. If you’re looking for something more select, you must dine at La Manoir aux Quat’Saison – a high rated restaurant managed by Raymond Blanc, the famous french chef.
Did you know that Ashmolean Museum from Oxford was the first public museum in the world? These days it’s one of the most important archaeology and art museums in UK, home of numerous ancient artifacts, like Egiptian mummies or Nubian artcraft.
Speaking of arts and culture, we hardly see a city that beats Oxford. A must-see list would include the Sheldonian theatre, The Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is also known for an extended cultural events calendar. You should attend Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Oxford Literary Festival and Oxford Jazz Festival.
Every true Harry Potter fan must visit Oxford once in a lifetime, for many sights located in Oxford were used in the production of the famous series. Want to see Hogwarts’ Great Hall in real time and space? Check out The Grand Hall of Oxford’s Christ Church College. Other filming locations include Blenheim Palace, Bodleian Library and New College.
When it comes to the nightlife, Oxford city transformes from a quiet, peaceful Dr Jekyll into a vibrant Mr Hyde of a city with bars and clubs full of students. The O2 Academy, on Cowley Road, is the best option for those who love live music. In the centre of the city, on George Street and Magdalen Street, there are some of the most popular water holes in Oxford. If you want a completely different approach of nightlife, I recommend you the bohemian district of Jericho.
For all the shopping addicts out there, Oxford awaits you for a shopping experience you’ve never seen in other place. The Covered Market in the city centre is the no.1 place to shop. A lot of small stands selling everything you can imagine from handmade jewelry to sausages and old books.
For those that are loyal to big brands, Bicester Village is there for you. Bicester is a designer outlet village that sells collections from 130 producers like Mulberry or Alexander McQueen at considerable discounts, all year long.