A Trip to Oxford

Oxford is a students dream. A city which has grown to great heights due to the presence of the University of Oxford , Museums, Libraries and other buildings of historical importance. Though this  is a much awaited post, due since last October, it feels like only yesterday that I had visited this place.

Oxford is also temporary home to a friend of mine  from Kolkata, India and thus while visiting this city I just had to arrange for a meeting with her. I had gone on a trip with the International Society of Manchester to Warwick and Oxford on Halloween last year. After stopping at Warwickshire and enjoying the beautiful castle; we resumed our path to Oxford. It took almost an hour by coach to reach our destination from Warwick. It was one of those thankfully sunny days which kept all our spirits quite high.

The following photographs were taken on my way to Oxford from Warwick.

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Our coach stopped at High Street, city centre in Oxford. Not having a map and visiting the place for the first time it did take me sometime to find my way through. Also considering that High street was the much populated market street it is indeed easy to get lost if you do not know the place quite well.  After wandering about for sometime, I reached the Christ church. It was a beautiful church although I did not go inside it. There was a huge queue to enter and I had only three hours to see the whole place. However, I did manage to get some snaps of the place.

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My friend met me here at the gates of the Church and my joy knew no bounds. Staying away from home and meeting a known face is a feeling of sheer joy. I left the rest of my tour entirely on her shoulders and asked her to guide me through the city. She took me to quite a few places and gave me a great tour of the place This photograph was shot in High Street while we were running towards our next destination. Oh yes! Running because there was so much to see with so little time.

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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, The Sheldonian Theatre is the historic site in the lives of every University of Oxford Student. From matriculation, congregation, graduation ceremonies all important days in their lives are formally celebrated here. It was built in 1664-1669 and is now a Grade I listed building of the city. It is kept open for the public when the University does not hold any events and can also be hired for lectures,talks and seminars.

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The Bodleian Library is the second largest library in Britain hosting almost 12 million items . Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, the Bodleian Library is the prestigious treasure of the city. My friend informed me that the library even extends underground and fortunately for the students once a member of Library he/she becomes a lifelong member of the library. The architecture is mesmerizing and the walls echo too but it is in best interests that the volume level should be kept down . . .it is after all a working library 😛

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John Radcliffe attended The University College  and had a successful  career in medicine, serving a number of high-profile, wealthy patients including William III and Queen Anne. He built up a large fortune and died childless. It was known that he intended to build a library in Oxford and donated around £40,000 to its construction. Radcliffe Camera is named after this man. Camera is a word for ‘ meeting room’ in Latin. After being built , The Radcliffe Camera became an extension of the Bodleian Library and is the main reading room for the library.

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My next destination was the Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs. This bridge is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark.It was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and  completed in 1914, despite its construction being opposed by New College.

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The Grand Cafe came on my way when I was just taking a leisurely stroll round the city back to my bus stop. This cafe is known to be the oldest in the city.

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Though I chose to walk around the city and explore its great sights ; another way to do that is to go river punting. I got a glimpse of some people going river punting although that is on my bucket list for a later time.

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This was my last stop in Oxford as I had to reach the coach stop within a particular time to catch my coach back to Manchester. While my friend repeatedly kept on saying Who comes to Oxford for only three hours? (which I agree to, to the fullest); this was the best three hours spent in the city. I would like to come back again for a more relaxed sight-seeing of the city but till then , I had the best glimpse of Oxford I could ever have in my life.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. lunalovee says:

    Oxford is so beautiful! I`ve always wanted to study there. And your pics are wonderful!

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  2. The Bodleian Library is absolutely beautiful. I could get lost in there with all of those beautiful books. Thanks a ton for sharing. Absolutely stunning.

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it. 🙂

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  3. GIGI says:

    Everyone is drawn by Oxford, I was one of them, but not anymore. It’s interesting that you captured so many details in 3 hours though.

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  4. janella2016 says:

    such beautiful scenery to look at and appreciate. I love seeing how others live

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  5. lastchance3 says:

    I DREAM of Oxford. It’s one of those schools that has that surreal appeal. I’m loving that library. I’d love to get lost in there.

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    1. I loved the library too. Its like a palace really from the outside .

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  6. Ana De Jesus says:

    Oxford is magnificent, I worked there earlier this year and it was a beautiful place to explore after the job.

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    1. Yes it is rathering interesting and soaked deep in history and culture.

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  7. Dreammerin says:

    I’d love to visit Oxford someday! I love the architecture of the buildings there. I would like to experience the special atmosphere!

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    1. Hope you get to see Oxford soon . 🙂 Its a beautiful place.

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  8. Ana Ojha says:

    You’ve seen quite a lot in those 3 hours along with your friends! I didn’t know that The Sheldonian Theatre is open to the public. Bodleian Library looks massive and liked the roof paintings and you’ve captured it very nicely!

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    1. Yes well the theatre grounds are open to the public but you can go inside the actual theatre only when you have been invited for a ceremony or there is a talk.

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  9. I am so bummed I missed getting inside the Bodleian library when I visited Oxford we somehow had the absolute worst luck and happened to be visiting on a day a ton of colleges (and other buildings) were closed due to students taking exams! it looks like heaven, I could live in a library like that

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    1. Oh. sorry to hear that. But I hope you can make another trip again and see the places better. Bodlien Library is an absolute must visit . Its beautiful.

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  10. Never been to Oxford! Just a fantastic day out! Made me eanting to travel there and see all those places in real 🙂

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    1. Yes. Oxford is a beautiful place. I have only been there once.

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  11. What a stunning spot – the greenery, the history, that library! I hope to visit some time soon.

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    1. Yes this is one place that you must visit sometime in life. Its worth it . So much of history , culture and knowledge preserved in one little place.

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  12. Catrin - theVeganista says:

    Wow, what a beautiful city!! 🙂

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  13. Love the photos! Thank you for giving me a glimpse of what Oxford´s main attractions are!

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  14. morchang says:

    Lovely post. Refreshed memories of last summer in Oxford 🙂

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    1. Oh wow. . . Did you see anything else apart from what i mentioned?

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  15. Sonia says:

    OMG used to live there! that city is magical and im obsessed with it! I miss it so much!

    Loves from Sun & http://likesocharming.com/

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    1. I have been there once only but I have a plan to there again very soon. . .

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  16. these photos are amazing. A friend recently went to visit her cousin’s graduation but she did not do the city justice.

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  17. This is a great little guide. The Bodleian Library looks incredible, how amazing would it be to study there! I’d love to have tea at the Grand Cafe after a study session 🙂

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    1. Hehe. . .i suppose every student from the Oxford Uni has done that once in their student life. 🙂

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  18. Oxford definitely is every student’s dream but what we did not know that the city has many more historical and cultural monuments too. The Christ church and the Bodleian Library looks stunning.

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    1. Yes. Because the city built itself on the ‘excuse’ of the university 🙂 the ceremonial halls, the libararies, the cafes everything had to reflect the beauty of the place. There is even a separate examination hall, which is no less than a palatial structure in itself.

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  19. Sarah says:

    It looks nice there, great post.

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  20. Oxford its a lovely city to visit and to be in if you are a student. It is a calm city but still very fun!

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  21. thechrisone says:

    I see that your trip to Oxford was interesting, and you have exactly described the reason why I want to go there. I want to go there, because it is a famous student city. So, which building did you like the most from the ones that you have visited?

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    1. Very difficult to say. 😛 I loved the Sheldonian theatre but since Im a bookworm the Bodliean Library is a favourite too.

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  22. It’s great to know there’s a lot to see in Oxford despite the fact that Oxford is wellknown as student city. Your photos are always stunning, and I love how you pictured The Bodleian Library.

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    1. Thanks a lot 🙂

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  23. Denisa says:

    I miss this city so much. AWESOME post. 🙂

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  24. I’ve never been to Oxford but I’d love to go! I would be so excited to see the theater by Sir Christopher Wren. And the Bodleian Library looks like something out of a fantasy novel. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks. Yes you should see these two places . even if you short of time and have to only see the buildings it is worth going there once when in Oxford.

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  25. I always liked reading about England, it might be due to my fascination with their aristocracy, I don’t know. This post of yours however has given me some new information about the place. I’ve enjoyed reading it very much, thanks!

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    1. Thanks. 🙂 Hope you liked it.

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  26. I LOVE Oxford and Cambridge too, I must admit! You have captured the essence of the city here so well, as well as the surrounding area too, and also I can feel the vibe of student life in some of the photos too! A great post with lots of atmosphere, Karen

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    1. Thanks. Yes. Since I am a student right now the feel of the posts would be that way. 🙂

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  27. Sheri says:

    A great day out! A very informative post with lots of history and things I had not known about before. The Bodleian Library is amazing!

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  28. zishanasad says:

    well one of the pic reminded me of “The Famous Five”

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    1. Hehe 🙂 Really which one? 🙂

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