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From Oxford to Warwick, England

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A March 2002 trip to Oxford by moatway

Pembroke House Photo, Oxford, England More Photos
Quote: Oxford is a great excursion base as well as an interesting site. Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick are just a short drive away.

From Oxford to Warwick, England

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Overview

Oxford Photo, Oxford, England
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Landing at Heathrow in the morning, picking up the rental car, and where do you go? Anywhere in the southeast, up to Norfolk, across to Salisbury, or perhaps just a short drive to Oxfordshire. Arriving in Oxford in the late morning, we had the time to take a marvellous walking tour of the town. The elderly lady who led appeared to be in considerably better shape than either of us and as the wife of an Oxford lecturer, knew everything there was to know.As a teacher of Shakespeare, I enjoyed Stratford immensely, but limited our visit to the three Shakespearean houses in the town itself. I thought that it was enough.Warwick Castle will remain one of my most memorable castle visits. Owned by the...Read More

Pembroke House

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Hotel

Pembroke House Photo, Oxford, England
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Pembroke House is well situated on the Woodstock Road and just a hundred yards (or so) from the ring road that brings the traveler up from London. Its other advantage is that the bus into central Oxford stops immediately across the street and returns you almost to the doorstep. The white house sits behind an equally white wall with a rather diminutive sign (you'll need good eyes for the sign) proclaiming simply, "Pembroke House"...no indication that it is an extremely nice B&B. There are three levels of hospitality here beginning at a double-bedded room at 50 pounds and going to the Master Suite at 80 pounds. Either by luck or misadventure, we stayed in the Master Suite. Taking it as a positive...Read More

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Pembroke House
379 Woodstock Road
Oxford, England
(1865) 310 782

Shakespeare's Birthplace

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Attraction

Shakespeare's Birthplace Photo, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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Having taken the Park and Ride bus in, it was extremely easy to find the site. The traveller enters through a very modern information center -- museum which does a very nice job of initiating the visitor into the life and times of the playwrite. There are different ticket combinations available . . . we chose the ticket that would allow us to visit three sites in Stratford -- the birthplace, Hall's Croft and Nash's House/New Place. The price at the time (2002)was 8.50 pounds. Shakespeare was famous in his own day, and a prosperous man he became, owning good property in the area. His birthplace became a pilgimage site during the nineteenth century when famous writers and poets would scratch thei...Read More

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Shakespeare's Birthplace
Henley Street
Stratford-Upon-Avon, England CV37 6QW
44 (0) 01789 204 016

Nash's House / Hall's Croft

Attraction | "Nash's House/Hall's Croft - Stratford-Upon-Avon"

Nash's House / Hall's Croft Photo, Oxford, England
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Nash's House, although it was the home of Shakespeare's grand-daughter, isn't as important as the garden next to it. The garden is the site of New Place, the place that Shakespeare lived when he returned from London. Apparently the house was destroyed by a later owner who felt that it was more appropriate to do so than to pay the taxes levied on it. Nash's house is a pleasant, if not particularly long, tour . . . it houses an exhibition and museum on the subject of the town itself. Hall's Croft was the home of Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna, who had married a doctor, John Hall. Of the three homes on this tour, it was the one that I personally enjoyed the most, simply because it had the m...Read More

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Nash's House / Hall's Croft
Chapel St / Old Town Rd.
Oxford, England

Warwick Castle

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Attraction

Warwick Castle Photo, Oxford, England
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I really can't say enough about Warwick Castle. The 2002 admission was 10.75 pounds, and it was worth every penny. This exhibition spans centuries . . . the curtain walls are 14th century, some of the towers are 15th century, the grounds are courtesy of the great Capability Brown in the 18th century, the peacock garden is 19th century. As we approached the site (after the ticket booth) we came upon "the archer". We had a great exhibition of the use of a longbow against a dummy with shield using the castle wall as a backdrop. I'm not sure how one hires an archer, but this one had the gift of well-rehearsed gab and kept a crowd of onlookers amused for some time. On entry to the castle p...Read More

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Warwick Castle
center of Warwick
Oxford, England CV34 4QU
+44 (0)870 442 2000

Walking Tour

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Attraction | "Oxford Walking Tours"

Walking Tour Photo, Oxford, England
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The tourist information office at Oxford is easy to find and there is parking immediate to it. Coming in on a city bus, you will be dropped a block or so away.Hitting a fast pace, our mixed group set off through the colleges of Oxford. Some we were to see through the gates, as they were not open to the public, some we entered. It was invaluable to be able to travel with someone who knew where they were going and who had some "privileged access" as a licensed guide. The university colleges lie within a reasonably compact area, so in a couple of hours, we were able to see a fair amount.Christ Church and the Tom Quad we were only able to look at although we visited the chapel which has the dist...Read More

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Walking Tour
Tourist Information Centre
Oxford, England OX1 2DA
+44 1865 726871

St. Mary the Virgin Church

Attraction | "St. Mary the Virgin Church - Oxford"

St. Mary the Virgin Church Photo, Oxford, England
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St. Mary the Virgin is a late 15th century Church with a 13th century tower. Now sometimes a church is just a church, but the views of Oxford from the tower aren't to be missed. As it sits it is across the street from Oriel College, just down from University, next to Brazenose on one side and All Souls on the other, and the Radcliffe Camera is immediately adjacent.

The Radcliffe Camera is closed to the public, but its Baroque styling is unique to its surroundings and the church tower offers an excellent view.

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St. Mary the Virgin Church
High Street
Oxford, England OX1 4AH