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University of Oxford, Oxford

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At University of Oxford, tread the same paths as some of history’s greatest thinkers, scholars, and world leaders. Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world, existing in some form since 1096, and remains at the forefront of learning, teaching, and research. Explore where its students live and study by visiting some of the university’s 38 colleges, each with a distinct identity. The university boasts some of the world’s finest libraries and museums, with exquisite architecture. The Bodleian Library, dating from 1602, has one of the world’s most well-regarded collections. Its artifacts include a Gutenberg Bible, the earliest surviving book written in English, and almost 10,000 western medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Visit the Ashmolean Museum, established in 1683 (making it one of the oldest museums in the world), and see works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Picasso. Rest your brain and stretch your legs in the University Parks’ 28 hectares (70 acres) of beautiful parkland, or climb the tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which offers panoramic views of the city. Check out some of the podcasts the University makes freely available, which include audio guided tours with different routes to choose from. Arrange your visit to University of Oxford and discover more family-friendly attractions in Oxford using our Oxford day trip planner.
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  • We loved meandering around the streets of Oxford, marvelling at the architecture. We were there on a Sunday, so unfortunately many colleges were closed to visitors, but we still absorbed the... 
    We loved meandering around the streets of Oxford, marvelling at the architecture. We were there on a Sunday, so unfortunately many colleges were closed to visitors, but we still absorbed the...  more »
  • The university buildings, some dating back to medieval times, are absolutely stunning - and most of them are in the centre of Oxford, which is quite compact. 
    The university buildings, some dating back to medieval times, are absolutely stunning - and most of them are in the centre of Oxford, which is quite compact.  more »

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