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Places Of Interest in Oxford

Places of Interest in Oxford There’s plenty 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 city.

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 Oxford.

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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