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Dreaming Spires

A travel journal to Oxford by Amanda

Quote: Oxford contains one of the world's best universities - the name of the city is almost synonamous with the colleges there. This is no mere historic relic - it's a vibrant, academic community.

Dreaming Spires

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Overview

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The colleges here are fascinating - founded over the last 800 years, up to the modern day, they are scattered throughout the city. The older, and more interesting of them are in the centre, set off the streets. Wander around, and have a look at the beautiful architecture of these places. The Ashmolean museum is fascinating, and well worth your time. If you like water, try going for a punt on the river. The Thames is in its upper reaches here, and the water is unpolluted and gently flowing. Punting is fun, but not as easy as it looks! Quick Tips: Be careful to avoid swallowing much water if you go swimming - the wild-life around here may carry Weil's disease. The water i...Read More

Ashmolean Museum

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Attraction

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Opened in the latter half of the 17th century, this is the UK's oldest public museum. The building itself is beautiful enough to make it worth a visit, but the collection is jolly good, too. They have a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibits - when I was last there, they had a fascinating exhibition about Leonardo Da Vinci on display. The permanent paintings there are an impressive bunch - the museum has works by Monet, Van Gogh, and a couple of Rodin sculptures as well.

The mueseum is free, but the opening hours are shorter than many museums - 10am - 4pm; closed on Mondays.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford, England OX1 2PH
+44 1865 278000

New College

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One of the oldest colleges in Oxford, this place was founded by William of Wykeham in the 1370s.

The chapel is one of the most beautiful buildings in the college - built at the time of foundation, it maintains one of the best choirs in Oxford. As the college website says, 'William intended New College to supply the Church with parish priests to make good the heavy losses caused by the Black Death.', and so the chapel is an important part of the foundation.

The college's web site is at http://www.new.ox.ac.uk/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

New College
Holywell Street
Oxford, England OX1 3BN
+44 1865 279555

Oxford Union

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Unlike most British universities, the Union in Oxford isn't an organisation that runs bars, shops, and welfare services. It's a debating society, and more. The Union has its own building, a beautiful mock-Parliament. It's laid out like the House of Commons - speaker's chair in the centre, and benches facing each other. The building is amazing - Victorian and wonderful, although smaller than the House itself. If you get the chance to have a look, go for it. If you ask in the central building, they may let you have a quick peek at the chamber. The debates here have some significance - OJ Simpson and Nixon both appeared here to give their first post-scandal speeches. It's said that Hitler made...Read More