There’s evidence of teaching at Oxford University all the way back in 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. You’ll see the spectacular buildings of its many colleges all over Oxford, and it’s their beautiful spires that give Oxford its distinctive skyline. Be sure to take a tour of some of the colleges, particularly All Souls, Brasenose, Christ Church and Magdalen.
Part of the historic Oxford Castle, one of Britain’s oldest castles, Oxford Prison is today the atmospheric Malmaison Hotel. It can be a little spooky, especially if you’re staying on C-Wing, where they used to hang criminals! Hide out in the stylish bar and restaurant if you think you’ve seen a ghost.
The Eagle and Child, Oxford, south England
For Narnia or Lord of the Rings Fan, this pub will be something of a pilgrimage. One the meeting place of the Inklings, a group of professors which included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. You can even sit at their favourite table, and take a look at the pub’s various pieces of memorabilia as you enjoy a pint.
Bridge of Sighs
Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs - the true name of which is Hertford Bridge - is a beautiful skyway that joins two parts of Hertford College. Get a nice photo from New College Lane, or take a walking tour of Hertford College to cross it for yourself!
An excellent way to learn all about Oxford’s fascinating heritage is to explore the city with a guided walk. You can even take tours on specific subjects, from stained glass to science, film locations, Harry Potter or literary greats.
Take a tour of the history library of Oxford University, from the distinctive Radcliffe Camera to the stunning 15th-century Divinity School – the university’s earliest examination hall – and the medieval Duke Humfreys Library.