Of Interest in Oxford
of fascinating places to explore in Oxford. From the interiors
of great palaces to the historic gardens of famous seats
of learning, you can spend hours exploring this wonderful
Blenheim Palace [map] is the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and
the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and the
magnificent collection inside includes famous tapestries,
paintings, sculptures and furniture.
The Palace is set in more than 2,000 acres of landscaped
parkland in Woodstock. Constructed between 1705 and 1722,
the palace was built for John Churchill, 1st Duke of
Marlborough, and the building itself was one of the
great architectural achievements of Sir John Vanbrugh.
Carfax Tower [map] is one of those dreamy spires that
helps make up the celebrated landscape of Oxford city
centre. The tower forms part of the 14th century St
Martin Church and has 99 steps which leads to some
impressive views across the city.
Also providing a fantastic vantage point for looking out
over the city is the tower at North Gate. Known as the Saxon Tower of St Michael [map] , this famous tower was
built in the 11th century and is the oldest tower in
If you find Oxford’s history particularly fascinating
a visit to The Oxford Story should be top of your
agenda. This large and extensive museum can be found on
Broad Street and provides an award-winning ride through
the ups and downs of this seat of learning.
No visit to Oxford would be complete without checking
out one of its many impressive colleges. One of the most
beautiful college buildings is Christ Church [map] and
visitors can take a guided tour through its history. Young
fans of the Harry Potter films will recognise many
rooms in the building as they were used to represent Hogwarts.
This was also where Charles Dodgson, or Lewis Carroll
as he came to be known, first met Alice Liddell, the inspiration
for some fun adventures in Wonderland.
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