Oxford is a tremendous place, beautiful at every turn and most very civilised. It is the home of the
world famous and renowned Oxford University, and is a treasure chest of architecture and history.
It is known as the "city of dreaming spires" and it also has cracking pubs and nightlife.
Although I'd been to Oxford when I was around 5 years old, I can't remember very much about it and I
certainly didn't take any photos. We went for a weekend of general nonsense in 2010, staying at a
central hostel and sampling the delights of the city. As Brits, we were certainly in the minority, with the
city having been invaded by
Spaniards. Possibly to
escape all the Brits that show up on the costas each summer.
Keble College Chapel, part of Keble College which is one of the newer Oxford colleges, having been established
in 1870. Oxford University is subdivided throughout into individual self contained colleges,
each of which gets its own shot at University Challenge.
The Lamb and Flag, a great British pub. Dog and Duck, Slug and Lettuce, Fox and Hounds anyone?
The Radcliffe Camera is one of Oxford's most distinctive buildings, a circular shaped library. There's
a nice little café across the road where you can get set up picnic-style.
Old houses on Radcliffe Square, just opposite the Radcliffe Camera.
Lincoln College shows the
universities what "Ivy League" is all about.
Looking down Turf Street to the pretty coloured houses and church. It was a beautiful day.
A goat legged fellow provides detail interest on one of the houses.
The circular lawn in the square quad of St John's College. Most Oxford colleges are built around a
central courtyard such as this, as indeed is
The Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, designed by Sir Christopher Wren of
St Paul's Cathedral
Detail of one of the busts surrounding the Sheldonian Theatre, this chap must have seen a good show.
Balliol College on Broad Street, possibly the oldest college in Oxford and therefore the Western world.
Blackwells is an Oxford book selling institution, which has now grown to cover most of the UK. This
is the original store, on Broad Street.
Old Oxford houses on the road up towards Keble College.
Oxford's Trinity College is another of the more famous institutions in the city.
The distinctive Bridge of Sighs over New College Lane links two parts of Hertford College. There are
other bridges by the same name in Cambridge and of course Venice, Italy.
Half timbered houses down a quiet lane.
Worcester College was I think the grandest of the colleges we saw, and it was certainly exclusive as
we had to talk our way past security to enter the quad and get our football back.
There was a display of tree roots going on outside the Oxford Natural History Museum.
The Turf Tavern, one of Oxford's oldest, most famous and seemingly most popular pubs.
Pub beer mat collection on display inside the Turf Tavern.
Cornmarket Street is one of the main shopping drags in town. What a busy place.
This very old and delicate looking place on Cornmarket Street was in fact a mobile phone shop.
With the amount of students there are in Oxford, it's no surprise to see this many bikes parked up by
the railway station. No wonder there aren't many bicycles in
these days, they're all here!