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Oxford, Not Only a University City, but a City of Culture

Oxford has been and is well-known as the home of one of the most renowned universities worldwide. This southeastern English city is not only a place for people to strive for their knowledge, but also for people who are keen to trace cultural and historical roots. Below are some highlights from the city:

Radcliffe Camera

Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, many buildings in Oxford are very representative in terms of architecture. One of those is the Radcliffe Camera. This mid-18th century building is the earliest example in England of a circular library. It is built in three main stages externally and two stories internally.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean is a University Museum and a Department of the University. It is the oldest museum in UK as well as the oldest university museum in the world, which was founded in 1683. The museum has undergone a major redevelopment and is reopened 2009. Its collection includes works by Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Turner and Picasso.

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is also part of the Oxford University. The museum owns the University’s anatomical and natural history collections of specimens. Among those collections are the skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops, as well as the most complete remains of a dodo found on earth.
Oxford, Not Only a University City, but a City of Culture

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum, founded in 1884, owns over 500,000 items of Oxford University’s archaeological and anthropological collections. The museum also has leading role in contemporary research and museum curatorship.

The Museum of the History of Science

This museum of Oxford University is the oldest building built for hosting a museum. The 15,000 displaying items are ranging from antiquity to modern 20th century collections, representing all aspects of the science history.

For the Cultural you…

Do not miss the Blackwell Bookshop in Oxford. It is the largest single room bookshop in the whole Europe. It makes you feel like you are inside the University’s library, minus the price tags.
Oxford, Not Only a University City, but a City of Culture

Practical info: Address: 27 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BS

Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 9:00 to 18:30, Tue 9:30 to 18:30, Sat 9:00 to 18:30 & Sun 11:00 to 17:00

Getting to Oxford

Oxford is about 90 km (around 50 minutes drive) northwest of London. Coach Service is available from London airports, while direct trains from London to Oxford are also available.