OXFORD

5 MUST SEES IN OXFORD

BODLEIAN LIBRARY

One of the oldest public libraries in the world and one of the most magnificent. For £1 you are able to view the Divinity School, but you are best joining a guided tour if you want to visit more of the complex. There was an agreement in 1610 by the founder of the library that it would receive a copy of every single book published in the UK. The library now houses 117 miles of shelving and holds more than 12 million items.

MAGDALEN COLLEGE

Located within 40 hectares of private lawns, woodland, river walks, and even a deer park, Magdalen College, founded in 1458 is one of the wealthiest and most impressive of Oxford’s famous colleges. It is said the remarkable gargoyles and frontages inspired CS Lewis’ stone statues in The Chronicles of Narnia.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Set in a brilliant Victorian Gothic building and towering glass roof, this museum is fantastic for it’s architecture alone. However, the real draw is over five million exhibits, ranging from fossils, insects, and an imposing T-rex skeleton.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS

Originally built due to the building of New Court and needing a second crossing of the river from the Third Court. Today this bridge is the main thoroughfare through the college and is used on a daily basis.

RADCLIFFE CAMERA

One of the most iconic sights in Oxford, the camera (meaning room) was built from 1737-1749. Now home to a large library, and taken over by the Bodleian Library, this is now the main reading room. The building holds around 600,000 books in underground rooms.