The City of Dreaming Spires will transport you to back to historic Britain, as you find yourself fully engrossed in the history of this breathtaking city. As the home of Active England, we believe that it’s an essential stop to make on any visit to the UK.
Much of the city is made up of university buildings. Unlike many other universities, the campus is split into individual colleges, each of which has their own building around the city. It is the oldest university in the world, and the history of it is reflected in the architecture of the buildings still. It has been the chosen place of study for 26 of Britain’s Prime Ministers through the years so you might bump into a future-leader whilst exploring this city.
Magdalen College is one of the most famous to visit as it is based opposite the extensive botanical gardens of the university, and is also based just off the high street in the town so easy to pay a visit to. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a little bit of more contemporary sight-seeing, then try to pay a visit to Christ Church college whose large dining hall will be recognisable from the Harry Potter movies (although minus the owls flying up and down!).
Oxford Castle is an 11th Century castle which has had many uses in its time. Most famously, it was converted to a prison in 1785 after much of the buildings were destroyed during the English Civil War. In 1996, after the prison had relocated, the castle became a luxury hotel and restaurant which you can visit.
In keeping with its heritage, the medieval parts of the castle, including St George’s Tower and the crypt are still open to the public.
During your time in Oxford, head to the world’s first public museum by spending some time at the Ashmolean Museum. With free admission, it is curated and owned by the University of Oxford as a way of sharing some of the country’s amazing history with the rest of the population.
Most notably, the museum has collected a range of artefacts from nearly every civilisation since 8000 BC all the way to the present day. This includes its extensive cast collection and its 300,000 piece coin collection too.
Most of our tours make a stop in Oxford, as we believe its history and stunning backdrop are a must-see on your walking tour of the UK.