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The University of Oxford is the oldest among English-speaking universities. It has trained 28 British prime ministers and is also hailed as the cradle of British politicians. Now it is also a pilgrimage site for many "Harry Potter" fans.

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Background
Attractions
Activities
Cuisines
Transport
Trip planning

Background

Oxford was named after the Anglo-Saxon period from 410 to 1066, because it was in the heart of the Saxon kingdom, between the Kingdom of Mercia and the Kingdom of Wessex, and also the River Thames. With the flow of the River Cherwell, the key location made Oxford a small town at the time.

In 1167, Oxford University was formally established as the oldest university in the English system. At that time, Oxford residents were mainly engaged in the leather and textile industries; but after the 14th century, Oxford's leather and textile industries began to decline, and residents turned to people's livelihood-related products. The largest customers were Oxford students.

In the 18th century, Oxford was an important commercial town, and most residents relied mainly on education and student-related industries. After the 20th century, the British Morris Automobile was founded here and became one of the important local industries. The current Oxford Automobile Plant (Plant Oxford) mainly produces BMW's MINI cars and other auto parts.

Attractions

Oxford, Oxford: Balliol College

Belliol College

Founded in 1263, Belliol College is one of Oxford’s oldest colleges. Famous alumni are in various fields of society, for example: John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible from Latin to English in the 14th century, Adam Smith, who published "The Wealth of Nations" in the 18th century, and There is the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Boris Johnson). The college is open for visits, and the elegant chapel and cafeteria are wonderful.

Opening hours 10:00-17:00
Reference ticket fare Adult £3|Student, respect for the elderly £1 (relevant documents must be presented for ticket purchase, fees and opening hours, please refer to the scene)
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Radcliffe Library Radcliffe Camera

Built in 1749, by the hands of well-known architect James Gibbs,It is one of the representatives of Palladian architecture.This type of design was popular in Europe at that time, mainly referring to the concept of Greek and Roman traditional symmetrical architecture.

The Radcliffe Library is a branch of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. It houses many books on English literature, history and theology. Visitors who want to visit need to sign up for a fixed guided tour of the local library.

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Oxford, Oxford: Radcliffe Camera
Oxford: Bodleian Library

Bodley Library

The main library of Oxford University is the second largest library in the UK, with a collection of more than 13 million books, second only to the British Library (Britsh Library). According to British book publishing regulations, any publisher publishing books in the UK must legally deposit a copy to a designated library, and the Bodley Library is one of them. The library is only open for a few hours for tourists to visit, and each person is limited to a 30-minute visit. It is recommended to book tickets in advance on the official website, or purchase tickets at the Great Gate Ticket Office.

Ticket fare £6
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Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1914 and is located opposite the entrance to the Bodley Library, which is connected to both sides of the University of Oxford's Hertford College. Its official name is Hertford Bridge, which is famous for its design of a bridge of sighs like Venice in Italy. The Bridge of Sighs is a common name.

Oxford: The Bridge of Sighs
Christ Church College, Oxford University

Christ Church College, Oxford University

In the movie version of "Harry Potter", the cafeteria at Hogwarts College is the inspiration for the cafeteria of The Hall of Christ Church College in Oxford. After the crew went to Christ Church College to survey the scene, the scene in London replicated the highly similar scenes. After the movie was broadcast, more and more Harry Potter came to visit in fascination.

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:00|Sunday 14:00-17:00 (may vary due to school private events)
fare Adult £15|Children, students, respect for the elderly £14
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Different post

British postboxes are mostly red. This wooden postbox is particularly eye-catching on the lively streets, and its structure is very special. There is a big hole under the post, which used to distribute mail directly to the basement, but this is no longer the case. In 2003, the post office building of St Aldate's Post Office was bought by Merton College, and the mailbox may be relocated in the future.

address 102-104 St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1ZZ

Oxford Oxford: Wooden postbox outside Oxford Post Office St Aldate's Post Office.
Oxford, Oxford: Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle & Prison

The castle was built in 1071, mainly for the use of King William I. During the English Civil War in the 17th century, the castle was used as a prison by the royalists. Because of the civil war, the castle was severely damaged. The castle that we see now was repaired after the civil war. Later, the castle was used as a prison for prisoners. By 1996, the prison was closed and opened to the public. A guide is provided in the museum, and the instructor will put on the clothing of the time and take you through time and space to savor the Oxford castle and prison at the time.

Opening hours 
Weekly to Sunday|10:00-17:30 (last admission time is 16:20)
Ticket fare Adult £12.5|Children (5-15 years old) £8.75|Student, respect for the elderly £11.95

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Activities

Oxford

Oxford Literary Festival

The Oxford Literature Festival is held every March and April and has a history of 23 years. There are many exciting events at the Oxford Literature Festival every year, do n’t miss out on those who love literature!

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Christmas event

Every November, there will be large and small celebrations around the UK to warm up Christmas. Oxford's event is called Oxford's Christmas Light Festival, which combines culture, sound and light art, dance and market to present Oxford's story. Photo source:Oxford's Christmas Light Festival

location Oxford city centre

Cuisines

Market cuisine

The Covered Market in Oxford is delicious, good to eat, and has desserts, pies, and Chinese dishes. Many tourists love to find food here! There are also many cute and chic handicraft shops.

address Market St, Oxford OX1 3DZ
time Monday to Saturday 8:00-17:30|Sunday 10:00-16:00 (some stores are closed on Sundays)

Covered Market

The first coffee shop in England

The first coffee shop in England was in Oxford. According to its official website, a Jewish entrepreneur named Jacob founded the coffee shop in 1650. The shop was named "The Angel" and had changed owners more than 300 years ago The cafe at the same location is now called "The Grand Cafe '", which attracts many tourists to the pilgrimage "the ancestor of the English Cafe". Photo source:The Grand Cafe’ official website

address 84 High St, Oxford OX1 4BG

Transport

train

Go toOxfordTravelling by train is time-saving and convenient. For example, from London, you can take the train from Marylebone Station or Paddington Station, and get off at Oxford Station. The total journey time is about 1 hour.Trains are floating fares, it is recommended to use the train APP (Trainline) to inquire and book tickets.

Trip planning

Deep travel in Oxfordshire

If you depart from London to Oxford, you can arrange a day trip. However, there are many places worth visiting in and around Oxfordshire, such as:Bicester Village and Blenheim Palace (commonly known as Churchill Estate), andBritain's most beautiful countryCotswolds. It is recommended to arrange at least three days for the in-depth tour itinerary.

Bicester Village, Bicester Village

Bicester Village, Bicester Village

By train between Oxford and London, you will pass Bicester Town Station, where the famous Bicester Village is located.

Transport If departing from London, take Marylebone Station to Bicester Station(Bicester Town Station), About 1 hour.

From Oxford, from Oxford Railway Station(Oxford Station)Drive to Bicester Station(Bicester Town Station), About 30 minutes.

 

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