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Oxford is renowned the world over, as the home of one of the oldest and most highly revered Universities in Europe. The city lies at the confluence of the Rivers Cherwell and Thames, or "Isis", as it is locally known, giving the opportunity for boating, punting and many pleasant riverside walks. Oxford is a compact city; its main streets radiate from Carfax Tower in the centre, with most of the colleges and University buildings all within easy walking distance.

 
Museum of Oxford

Museum of Oxford

Housed in the historic Town Hall, the Museum of Oxford tells the story of the city and the University using finds from local archaeological excavations including an outstanding Medieval collection. The museum offers atmospheric room settings, replica college treasures, a rescued college barge, and the town's first charter of 1192, one the oldest in England, showing the "Ox" and the "Ford". The exhibits range from a mammoth's tooth to a 'Morris Motor' car engine. Archaeological treasure include a preserved Roman pottery kiln and a whole pavement made of cattle bones. There are six Oxford rooms recreated inside the museum from an Elizabethan Inn to a Victorian kitchen.

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Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Climb 99 steps to the top of the tower to get a bird's eye view of Oxford's "Dreaming Spires". In 1818 St Martin's church was rebuilt complete with tower, however towards the end of the 19th century, mounting traffic problems necessitated road widening. The church, apart from it's tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. On the east facade the church clock is adorned by two "quarter boys", who hit the bells at every "quarter" of the hour.

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University College Oxford

University College Oxford

University College (in full, The Master and Fellows of the College of the Great Hall of the University of Oxford, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It is the oldest of the colleges of the university, and is amongst the largest in terms of population. With a central location, its main entrance is on High Street and it is bounded by Merton Street and Magpie Lane. Logic Lane runs through the college. Univ was founded by William of Durham in 1249 (although there exist unproven claims it was founded by King Alfred in 872), and until the 16th century was only open to Fellows studying theology. As Univ grew in size and wealth, its medieval buildings were replaced with the current Main Quadrangle in the 17th Century. Although the foundation stone was placed on 17 April 1634 the disruption of the English Civil War meant it was not completed until sometime in 1676. Radcliffe Quad followed more rapidly by 1719, and the Library was built in 1861. Univ began to accept female undergraduate students in 1979. Former Master Lord Butler of Brockwell was appointed head of an inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War in February 2004. Previous Masters include John Albery, Kingman Brewster, Lord Goodman, Lord Redcliffe-Maud, Arthur Lehman Goodhart, and William Beveridge. In August 2008 Lord Butler was succeeded by Sir Ivor Crewe.

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Museum of the History of Science

Museum of the History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building - the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting. The present collection of the Museum preserves the material relics of past science. As a department of the University of Oxford, the Museum has a role both in making these relics available for study by historians who are willing to look beyond the traditional confines of books and manuscripts as well as presenting them to the visiting public. The objects represented - of which there are approximately 10,000 - cover almost all aspects of the history of science, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. Particular strengths include the collections of astrolabes, sundials, quadrants, early mathematical instruments generally (including those used for surveying, drawing, calculating, astronomy and navigation) and optical instruments (including microscopes, telescopes and cameras), together with apparatus associated with chemistry, natural philosophy and medicine. In addition, the Museum possesses a unique reference library for the study of the history of scientific instruments that includes manuscripts, incunabula, prints, printed ephemera and early photographic material.

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Other Attraction near Oxford

  • Modern Art Oxford - Modern Art Oxford is the leading centre for modern and contemporary art in the South East, with a national and international reputation.
  • Pitt Rivers Museum - The Pitt Rivers Museum is the University of Oxford's museum of anthropology and world archaeology.
  • Didcot Railway Centre - At Didcot, half way between Bristol and London, members of the Great Western Society have created a living museum of the Great western Railway.