Top Things To See And Do In Oxford
Even if you have never been to Oxford before, no doubt the mention of this ancient world-famous city will conjure up images of dreaming spires and punting down the Cherwell. However, there is plenty more to see and do, so why not book a coach hire to Oxford and have a look around for yourself!
Visit the Ashmolean
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is the oldest public museum in the UK, established in 1683 as part of the University. It underwent significant refurbishment in 2009, and is now a beautiful and inspiring space, displaying some of the country’s most valuable historical and cultural treasures.
You will be able to view masterpieces by Turner, Cèzanne, Picasso, and Michelangelo, to name but a few of the many celebrated artists on display. It has a particularly fine collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks. There is also a vast collection of archaeological specimens from around the world, notably Egypt, Greece, and the Sudan.
Tour behind the scenes at the University
The prestigious University of Oxford is world-famous, being the Alma Mata of hundreds of acclaimed writers, leading scientists, and politicians, among many other distinguished graduates. There is no central university building, but a collection of 39 colleges which are located throughout the city.
Many of the college buildings, which are renowned for fine architecture, are open to the public at certain times of day. Most offer access to the quads, gardens, and the chapel, and in some cases the impressive grand dining halls. You can explore yourself, or join a walking tour which are usually led by current students, who will give you the inside scoop.
Visit Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum
The Botanic Gardens were established over 400 years ago as part of the scientific research community, and the 130 acres of woodland are full of a wonderful autumnal glow at this time of year. The glasshouses contain over 6,00 plant specimens which have played a part in developing medicines for life-threatening diseases.
Explore Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is a short coach trip from the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, who is not a member of the Royal family, despite the title of palace for the residence. It was built in the Baroque style between 1705 and 1722, and gifted to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough.
The wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was born here, and it was his ancestral home. The grand interiors and venerable art collections can be viewed by the public. There are also 90 acres of stunning formal gardens, and 2000 acres of landscaped grounds, which were designed by the celebrated landscape gardener Capability Brown.
This is really just scratching the surface of all the cultural, historical, and scientific venues you can visit in Oxford and the surrounding area. When you have exhausted them, you can take a trip along the waterways, or shop til you drop at Bicester Village.