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Oxford Ashmolean Museum

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Known as "city of dreaming spires" Oxford is home to the oldest University in the English speaking world. The roll call of former students includes a glittering array of Kings, British prime ministers, foreign presidents and even saints.

There are many interesting tourist attractions for visitors such as the colleges (including Christ Church Cathedral), Radcliffe Camera, Ashmolean Museum, and the Bodleian Library. Book an Oxford Hotel.

Christ Church College

Founded by Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th Century, Christ Church College was taken over by Henry VIII afer the fall of the former.

King Charles I resided at the college during the English Civil War and used the Great Hall for Parliamentry debate. Christchurch Cathedral is the college chapel and the smallest Cathedral in England whilst the adjacent meadow allows pleasant riverside strolls.

Famous students include Gladstone and Robert Peel, John Locke, John and Charles Wesley, John Ruskin, Albert Einstein and W.H. Auden. website: www.chch.ox.ac.uk.

Ashmolean Museum

One of the premier museums in Britain, the Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683 and houses an extensive collection of art and archaeology including ceramics, sculpture, musical instruments and paintings.

Exhibits cover 4000 years of history and the civilisations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Admission free. Website: www.ashmol.ox.ac.uk.

Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is a collection of buildings spread throughout Oxford but centred on Radcliffe Square with the oldest part being the splendid Duke Humphrey's Library and the Divinity School.

The library has received a copy of very new book published in Britain since 1610 providing an unparalleled five hundred year history of British literature. There are frequent guided tours although the reading rooms are closed to the public. Website: www.bodley.ox.ac.uk.

History of Oxford

Although there has been human habitation in Oxford for thousands of years the city did not rise to any importance until Saxon times when according to legend King Alfred the Great personally founded the University... read more.


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