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University of Oxford

University in Oxford, England

Travel Tips

Historical and Academic Attractions

A must-visit for academics and history buffs. 1

Exploring the University and Colleges

Visit the Bodleian Library and try punting on the river. Tours depart from the center, a 15-minute walk from the train station. 2

Visit Christ Church College and other notable colleges. 3

Exeter College and Queen's College are must-visits for their architectural beauty. 4

Don't miss the most significant campuses like Exeter College. 5

Day Trips and Transportation

Perfect for a half-day trip from London. 6

Train from London Marylebone or London Paddington. Visit the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library. 7

Only 60 minutes from London by train, with multiple trains every hour. 8

Additional Activities and Tours

Join a Harry Potter walking tour to see the filming sites. 9

Enjoy a guided walking tour for the full experience. 10

Local Attractions and Shopping

Visit the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, and enjoy shopping in Cornmarket Street. 11

About 30 minutes to eat or wander around after the visit. 12

Introduction

History

  • πŸ“œ Early Beginnings: Evidence suggests that schools existed at Oxford by the early 12th century.
  • 🏫 University Formation: The university was well established by the end of the 12th century, possibly due to English students being barred from the University of Paris.
  • πŸ“š Initial Faculties: Modeled on the University of Paris, it initially had faculties of theology, law, medicine, and liberal arts.
  • 🏰 Religious Influence: Gained strength in the 13th century with the establishment of religious orders like the Dominicans and Franciscans.
  • πŸ“œ Charters and Codification: Gained charters from the crown in the 13th century and had its statutes codified by Archbishop William Laud in 1636.
  • πŸ”¬ Scientific Advancements: Increased interest in scientific studies in the 17th century, with notable figures like Roger Bacon conducting experiments.

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Colleges

  • 🏫 University College: Founded in 1249, one of the earliest colleges.
  • 🏫 Balliol College: Established around 1263, known for its academic rigor.
  • 🏫 Merton College: Founded in 1264, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges.
  • 🏫 Christ Church: Founded in 1546, known for its grand architecture and historical significance.
  • 🏫 Magdalen College: Established in 1458, famous for its beautiful grounds and deer park.
  • 🏫 Lady Margaret Hall: The first women's college at Oxford, founded in 1878.
  • 🏫 St. John's College: Founded in 1555, known for its strong academic programs.
  • 🏫 All Souls College: Established in 1438, known for its unique fellowship and academic focus.

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Libraries and Museums

  • πŸ“š Bodleian Library: One of the oldest libraries in Europe, established in 1602.
  • 🏺 Ashmolean Museum: The world's first university museum, founded in 1683.
  • πŸ”¬ Museum of the History of Science: Established in 1924, houses an extensive collection of scientific instruments.
  • πŸ“– Oxford University Press: Established in 1478, one of the largest and most prestigious university publishers.
  • πŸ“š Radcliffe Camera: Iconic library building, part of the Bodleian Library complex.
  • πŸ›οΈ Pitt Rivers Museum: Known for its extensive anthropological and archaeological collections.
  • πŸ“š Weston Library: Modern extension of the Bodleian Library, housing special collections and archives.

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Notable Alumni

  • πŸ“œ John Wesley: Founder of Methodism.
  • πŸ“œ Cardinal Wolsey: Influential statesman and cardinal.
  • πŸ“œ Oscar Wilde: Renowned playwright and poet.
  • πŸ“œ Sir Richard Burton: Explorer and scholar.
  • πŸ“œ Cecil Rhodes: Businessman and politician.
  • πŸ“œ Sir Walter Raleigh: Explorer and writer.
  • πŸ“œ Edmond Halley: Astronomer known for Halley's Comet.
  • πŸ“œ Robert Boyle: Physicist and chemist, known for Boyle's Law.

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Events

  • πŸŽ“ Undergraduate Open Days: Held on 26 & 27 June, providing prospective students with insights into studying at Oxford.
  • πŸŽ‰ Honorary Degrees: Awarded at the annual Encaenia ceremony, recognizing distinguished individuals.
  • 🎨 Art Exhibitions: Includes events like the MFA Fine Art Show at Oxford Brookes.
  • πŸ“š Writing Retreats: Hosted by the Oxford Brookes Writing Hub, offering structured support for writers.
  • πŸ›οΈ Architecture and Urban Design Shows: End-of-year exhibitions showcasing student work at Oxford Brookes.
  • 🎢 Yazidi Women's Choir: Performances held at venues like the Weston Library.

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Visiting Information

  • πŸ“ Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, approximately 50 miles north-northwest of London.
  • πŸš† Transportation: Easily accessible by train from London, with frequent services to Oxford.
  • πŸ•°οΈ Opening Hours: Varies by college and institution; check individual websites for details.
  • 🎟️ Admission Fees: Some colleges and museums may charge an entry fee; others are free to visit.
  • πŸ“š Guided Tours: Available for many colleges and libraries, offering insights into their history and architecture.
  • πŸ›οΈ Accommodation: Numerous options available in Oxford, ranging from budget hostels to luxury hotels.
  • 🍽️ Dining: Wide range of dining options, from traditional pubs to fine dining restaurants.
  • πŸ›οΈ Shopping: Explore local shops and markets, including the historic Covered Market.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: +44 1865 270000
🌐   Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, United Kingdom
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