What to do in Oxford
What to do in Oxford
First you should take a walk around the town and enjoy the beauty and architecture of the University buildings and colleges. The city centre is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. Notable buildings include Christ Church Cathedral, Carfax Tower, the Martyrs Memorial and the Hertford Bridge.
Well worth a closer look is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Take a climb up to the top of the tower, where you can see right across Oxford and out to the countryside of Oxfordshire. The climb is a mere 124 steps. The church is the largest parish church in Oxford and has an interesting baroque porch and what is regarded as one of the most beautiful spires in England. You should also visit the Bodleian Library. Opened in 1602, the Bodleian deposits a copy of every book copyrighted, making over 9 million books so far. It is a working library but books must stay on the premises. You can take a guided tour of the Library which will take you behind the scenes to see such rooms as the oldest research library.
Apart from tours of the Bodleian Library, you can find many other types of tours. An excellent way to see the city of Oxford is to go by bus on the City Sightseeing tour. This will take you round all the main buildings and sights, and you can get on and off for a closer look. If you are feeling slightly more energetic, take one of the many walking tours available. You can choose from tours such as the University tour, the Oxford Children’s Stories tour, the C. S. Lewis and Tolkien Tour, the Inspector Morse Tour and even the Harry Potter Tour, so there is really something for everyone. You can download an MP3 guide to the city to listen to on your headphones as you walk around.
No visit to an Oxford hotel would be complete without seeing the river. You can go punting on either the Thames or the Cherwell. Many of the expeditions either start or end at a traditional Oxford pub. As you go up or down river you will see some of the sights of Oxford such as the Botanical Gardens, and the place where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice through the looking Glass. Most of the river is calm and tranquil, offering beautiful scenery, but the section of the Thames known as the Isis has stronger currents.
When staying in hotels in Oxford you will be amazed at the sights and sounds of this wonderful University City.