Oxford – Other Places to Visit

Oxford – Other Places to Visit

Oxford - Other Places to Visit

Oxford – Other Places to Visit

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, closed most bank holidays. Art and archaeology are the main attractions: Rubens, Michelangelo, Raphael drawings and paintings, Egyptian relics, Saxon jewels, and the Hill collection of musical instruments are a few of them.

Bodleian Library, Old Schools Triangle, Catte Street Open All Year, closed Sunday. Has 21/2 million books and over fifty thousand manuscripts.

Botanic Gardens, Magdalen Bridge, Open All Year.

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Open All Year, closed Sunday. Wren based the building on a Roman theatre. Climb to the top of the cupola and look out and across the city.

Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke Street, Open All Year, closed Sunday.

Oxford Brass Rubbing Centre, St Mary’s High Street, Open All Year. University Church, good place to go up the tower and see Oxford from 80ft up. The river is one of the best ways of enjoying Oxford, especially by boats, which can be hired. The Towpath, the college boathouses and delightful pubs are a ‘must’. Go to the University Parks and Port Meadow for open space and to the Parks for cricket. Shopping is mainly around Cornmarket, High Street, St Aldate’s and Broad Street which is where you And Blackwell’s.

There is a Literary Heritage Trail which takes in Ruskin’s involvement with The University Museum; Tolkein at various colleges, William Morris and Burne-Jones at Exeter; Lewis Carroll, the pseudonym of the Reverend Charles Dodgson of Christ Church, who wrote Alice in Wonderland (and whose shop is in St Aldate’s), as well as Shelley and Wordsworth who came across from Cambridge, but wrote in high praise of Oxford. Leaflets are available from the Information Centre.

The name Nuffield will be seen everywhere. William Morris, who became Lord Nuffield, started by making bicycles when he was a youth of sixteen. That was in 1893. He then moved on to motor cycles and eventually, in 2015, he produced his famous Bullnose Morris. He was one of Oxford’s greatest benefactors, both to Town and Gown. The car factories are mercifully kept on the outskirts, which is not surprising for a city which refused to have the Great Western Railway carriage and wagon works anywhere near the city.

The town has a number of cinemas and two main theatres, the Playhouse and the Apollo. Woodstock and Blenheim are not far away, nor is Abingdon, which you can visit by steamer, or Bladon, the burial place of Winston Churchill.

Events

February

‘Torpids’ College Boat Race

May

May Day Morning, Magdalen Tower, Morris dancing in the High Street

Eights Week (more college boat races)

June

University Eucaenia Procession

July

International Theatre Festival Playhouse

September

St Giles’ Fair