The City of Oxford, rich in heritage and home to the world famous University, is abundant with places to visit, with many impressive historical buildings and fascinating museums and a whole range of architectural styles from over the centuries to see. If you’re looking for an evening of entertainment, there are several places to go to, such as the New Theatre Oxford which hosts music, classical concerts, musicals, comedy, ballet and other events, and at the Oxford Playhouse you can see a variety of drama, music, dance and comedy performances. Restaurants in the City are numerous, with a diverse range of cuisines from around the world to suit all tastes, and there’s a large variety of pubs and bars for a lively evening out.
For shopping in city, you’ll find all you need, including well known High Street stores and well as independent shops and boutiques, and includes Templars Square Shopping Centre and the Clarendon Centre. Business conference centres in the city include the King’s Centre and the Kassam Stadium, and the nearest airport for international flights is Heathrow Airport.
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Among the many places to visit in Oxford, here are a few suggestions:
Christ Church Cathedral
In this 12th century Cathedral visitors can view the Gothic and Norman architecture see such features as the extraordinary 16th century rib vaulting in the Chancel Vault, and there is a reconstruction of the 13th century stone Shrine with its ornately carved faces that was ruined during the Reformation. Throughout the Cathedral are numerous monuments, including those for Royalists during the English Civil War, and you can see impressive tomb chests, together with floor memorials including those to John Locke and John Ruskin.
Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera
You can have a tour around the interiors of Oxford University’s historic working library and its splendid buildings. Visitors can delight in the features which include remarkable vaulted ceilings, and there are exhibitions where you can see fascinating collections. Part of the library and a distinctive landmark in the City, the Radcliffe Camera is an 18th century Palladian style building with a huge dome, and you can see inside this impressive building as part of the extended library tour.
Pitt Rivers Museum
This Museum houses extensive collections from Oxford University archaeology and ethnography departments. The huge and absorbing collections include items from around the world such as African pottery, masks from Japan, Africa and North America, Inuit, Hawaiian and Tahitian costumes, pottery, weapons and jewellery.
You can visit this imposing Norman Castle built in the 11th century which was later used as a prison. Visitors can explore the Castle remains, the crypt and St. George’s Tower, along with Debtors’ Tower and prison wing from the 1700’s. There are a number of unusual and fun events you can also enjoy, including ghost hunts and jailbreaks.
The Museum of Oxford
This Museum has large and varied collections displaying the history of the City and those who lived here, and includes a Saxon gravestone, a replica of the Death Mask of Oliver Cromwell and ancient Roman pottery.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Here you can see a large collection of fascinating exhibits from around the world, which include dinosaurs, fossils, minerals, meteorites, gemstones, extinct creatures such as a dodo, butterflies, and include collections by Charles Darwin, all housed in a beautiful Neo-Gothic building.
Botanic Garden, University of Oxford
You can visit this beautiful Botanic Garden with an extensive range of flowers and plants, where you can see gardens with displays from around the world, including medicinal plants, a rock garden, woodland and an orchard. There are also glasshouses that each represent a different climate and the plants that grow in them, including tropical jungle and alpine climates.
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