The world famous Oxford University dominates the city centre and provides a wealth of historical, educational and architectural brilliance to visitors of Oxford.
Christ Church College
If you are in Oxford for a short period and you can only visit one attraction, make it Christ Church College, founded by Henry VIII in 1546. The college has been home to historical figures such as John Locke, William Penn, John Canning and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) and has beautiful gardens at the main entrance.
Lewis Carroll got his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland at Christ Church College, the story he wrote to entertain the sisters of the college. Take a close look at the fireplace - those long necked brass figurines are mirrored when Alice's neck grows long on her journey to Wonderland. For those devoted fans of "Harry Potter" you will no doubt recognize the staircase leading up to the dining hall in Christ Church College that is used as a set for filming J.K Rawlings' spell bounding stories.
Radcliffe Camera features in most pictures taken of Oxford. It is situated in Radcliffe square and was created in memory of the physician Dr John Radcliffe. The Radcliffe Camera is not open to the general public but can be visited by arrangement.
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
The Church of St Mary the Virgin is open to the public and for a small fee you can go up the tower for spectacular views of the city and University campus.
Bridge of Sighs
Walk towards the city centre just past Radcliffe Camera and you will see the Bridge of Sighs to your right. The Bridge of Sighs is ornate and links two halves of Hertford College.
There are no fewer than 40 colleges in Oxford and many of them are open to the public for a limited amount of time to glimpse a view of student life and are generally characterized by a stone walled entrance leading onto a green grass courtyard. Balliol college, Lincoln college and Merton College are the three oldest while All Souls college originally founded to pray for those fighting in the war against France is now exclusive to distinguished graduates. trinity college is home to beautiful gardens and a chapel and can be hired for private functions.
Climb aboard the train and go on one of Europe's longest indoor rides to find out more about the history of Oxford University and it's scholars of days gone by.
Museum of Oxford
The Museum of Oxford has exhibits telling a story of the city and University including relics from Alice in Wonderland and even a "Morris" car engine.
Museum of the History of Science
If science is your thing you will not want to miss one of the world's inspiring collections of scientific instruments from the earlier years.
Pitt Rivers Museum
An Oxford visitor favourite with its' old and new collections from a diversity of cultures.