Oxford, a city located in the centre of Southern England, is unusual in layout, as it's based around its prestigious University and its 39 colleges. With an astonishing 28 alumni being Nobel prize winners, it is no wonder that this ancient University is one of the city's most prominent features. However, there is far more to this city than its impressive contributions to humanity, and it is the perfect location for a unique and memorable city break.
Oxford holds a rich Saxon and Norman Heritage. Although much of this architecture was destroyed during the English Civil War, the stunning Oxford Castle provides historic tours sharing awe-inspiring information about the area. The origins of the University can be traced back to the 12th Century, making it the oldest University in the world. When exploring the city, there are little nods to its heritage scattered throughout. From Christ Church (dating back to 1524) to the Holywell Music Room (the oldest in Europe - 1748) this city is rife with historical and architectural marvels to discover.
In a city famed for its architectural beauty, it is easy to just get lost in the meandering streets and enjoy the fantastic views. While doing this, be sure to keep an eye out for familiar streets and buildings, as this city has been the backdrop for countless movies and shows, including Harry Potter.
However, there are a few things you should try to catch during your visit. The Oxford Museum of Natural History holds an extensive collection of zoological specimens and natural marvels. With free entry, this museum is the perfect place to visit for an afternoon of mind-expanding facts. Follow this with a drink down at the Turf Tavern, a 13th Century pub that is just a little walk away from the Bridge of Sighs, for an authentic Oxford experience.
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