Oxford, A Fascinating Symbol Of England

I had wanted to visit Oxford for a while; I think since I first studied English at school. It has always appeared as a fascinating place to me. And it is indeed.

I spent twice one day in Oxford when I was living in England back in 2006.

Oxford Universities

Oxford University
Oxford University

Oxford is very famous for its universities, the most ancient ones in England. They are incredible! I felt like being in a Harry Potter movie. I didn’t join one as I don’t think it existed back then, but there are tours organised to see the filming locations of the movie*.

Most of them are in or next to the town centre and very easy to get to.

However, I would highly recommend checking opening times and information before you go or at the tourist information when you arrived to avoid disappointment and wasting time! Indeed, it varies a lot from one institution to another and from one day to another! Some schools are opened to visitors but can exceptionally be closed for some events; some are free but for others, you have to pay (and price can be x5); sometimes you can only see the building, at times you can walk in the garden or visit the chapel…

Other activities I did in Oxford

Wandering in Oxford
Wandering in Oxford

Walks in the town centre

It is great to walk in Oxford: you can walk for a long time without going far away from the city centre, there is so much to see just by watching buildings around. Architecture in Oxford is impressive! You can also walk in the garden or along the Tames!


The Cathedral

I enjoyed the tower of the cathedral. It is possible to climb to the top, and you have lovely views of the city!


Ashmolean Museum

This is the most ancient English museum with works by famous artists such as Raffaello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, John Constable, Pablo Picasso… And for free! If you love art, you must not miss it!


Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The museum is in a pretty building, in a gothic style and presents skeletons of dinosaurs and others stuffed animals.


Pitt-Rivers Museum

Very surprising, the museum is a collection of objects from everywhere in the world.


I regretted not to have spent a night there; I guess it is very animated and full of life.

Where is Oxford?


Oxford is on the Thames River, 80km from London; it takes less than 1 hour to get there by car if there is no traffic. It is also easy to reach by train or bus from different cities in England.

If you come from overseas, there are direct buses from London airports.


Planning your Oxford trip? Accommodation options aren’t cheap there but there are still different options to suit every traveler’s needs. Another option could be to organise or book a day trip from London*.

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Oxford, A Fascinating Symbol Of England was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by Eloise

I am a part-time traveller: I combine a full-time job with a passion for travelling. I love to share my trips and tips to inspire others to explore what’s around them. Before moving to Australia, I lived in France, England and Turkey. I’ve finally found my balance in Brisbane.

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