Oxford is a well known city Mainly for its university, but that can be an interesting visit. If we have gone to London, we can always catch a train and reach this beautiful city in an hour's journey, easily. In it we can see a quieter and more classic place than London itself, with some interesting corners.
The vast majority of visitors do not dedicate more than one day of visit to oxford, although you can also enjoy several days to see everything with greater tranquility. We will give you a list of places that you can see in this English city if you have decided to leave London to see nearby places.
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El Blenheim palace It is located in Woodstock, just outside Oxford. It is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Its construction dates from the XNUMXth century and has an English Baroque style. Inside the palace you can do great guided tours, but it is also a place where events are held. Photography courses, live music or cricket matches have been held in its extensive gardens. In this palace they have also recorded scenes from the movie 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', so it is part of the character's route through the United Kingdom.
Church Christ College
In the city of Oxford there are many so-called Colleges, since it is a very important university city. One of the colleges most visited by tourists is the Church Christ College, whose chapel is the city's cathedral. Despite the majestic and ancient nature of the place, the truth is that what attracts the vast majority of tourists also has to do with Harry Potter. We will find in this place the famous dining room where the magicians met, a place that all tourists want to see.
Bridge of Sighs
Another of Oxford's landmarks is the Bridge of Sighs, whose name is supposed to come from the resemblance to the bridge of the Doge's Palace in Venice. It is located in the monumental area and is a beautiful bridge, although in this case there are no gondolas around it, nor is it as beautiful as the one in Venice. On the other hand, under the bridge you will see a sign that indicates the direction of a very popular tavern, which is reached by a narrow street. You will come to a courtyard where this place is located, which is very frequented by students.
It could not be missing, in a university city as is Oxford, the visit to some famous library. This is the most important research library in the university. It is one of the oldest in Europe and the second largest in Great Britain, after the British Library in London. If we are fans of JRR Tolkien we should know that he was a student and professor at Oxford and that he spent a lot of time in this library. Also, in it is the book 'Red Book of Hergest', which inspired him to make his famous 'Lord of the Rings'. Before entering, and if you have never been in it, you will have to take an oath in which you promise to follow the rules and not damage anything in it. And following the Harry Potter route through Oxford, they have also filmed some parts of the movie in this library.
If what we want is to do a little exercise after so many historical buildings, libraries and universities, we have the Thames Path. A place to walk and do a little sport, from running to cycling or walking a little. It is a path that has been created along the River Thames and whose route passes through Oxford, so we can take advantage of it to enjoy the fresh air.
St Mary's Church
La St Mary College Church It is one of the largest in the city, and it is certainly a beautiful building worth visiting. Its oldest part today is the tower, which dates back to 1270, although there are parts of it that were added later, such as the spire with the pinnacles and the gargoyles. It is possible to visit this church, with a beautiful organ inside, and also the tower, from which we can have a great perspective of the city. In every city there is a place where we can climb to have a view of it from above.
Oxford Botanic Garden
In all English cities we can find large gardens that invite us to stroll and rest. This garden started as a medicinal plant garden and today it has one of the most varied plant collections in the world. If we don't know anything about plants, we can always walk through it and enjoy the beautiful landscapes it has.