10 Reasons Why Oxford Is The Best Place To Visit In The UK

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Knowing the best place to visit

The city of Oxford rivals London when it comes to the title of “most known city” in the UK. This is because of its magnificent history and the presence of Oxford University, one of the most renowned universities in the entire world (Also among the oldest).

It also has some of the most amazing medieval architectural masterpieces in the whole of UK. It’s the only city in the UK that has a delicate combination of modernity with the atmosphere of an English village town.

I envy you going to Oxford: it is the most flower-like time of one’s life. Source: Letter to Louis Wilkinson in 1898 by Oscar Wilde

The Ashmolean Museum

Best Museums In The UK

Oxford is home to the best museums in the UK. These museums showcase some of the best art pieces that span centuries. The museums include; Pitt rivers, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the history of Science, and the Ashmolean Museum. The Ashmolean Museum is a must see, given that it had a recent face lift that makes it even more glamorous to visit.

Free Tours

Free Tours

There is a tour company in Oxford known as Footprint tours that makes use of students to give out free tours to visitors. The students usually get tips as a form of remuneration. You’ll get to know of places that you never thought existed thanks to these student tours. Don’t forget to ask for the locations where popular movies were filmed (such as Harry Potter).

Oldest pubs in the entire UK

Oldest Pubs

Oxford has some of the oldest pubs in the entire UK. Some of these pubs can be traced back to the 13th century. The pubs are also quite many and you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. Furthermore, some of these pubs have played host to some famous people as well.

The oldest market

The Covered Market

This structure dates back to 1774 when it was first built and opened to the public. It is home to 55 shops that sell a variety of things. You’ll get to find fresh fruits and vegetables, bakeries as well as furniture stores.

Feel the music and concerts

Music Concerts

Oxford is not just a traditional city; it is also home to some of the liveliest concerts in UK. There are a number of music concerts and events held throughout the year. All music tastes are well catered for from jazz to rock or even music operas. The events are usually held in the concert halls available in the city such as the famed Holywell Music Room.

A truly unique people

Inspiring People

Oxford is home to a truly unique people. It is the only place where you will find royalty and commoners mixing together. It is also home to world class scientists, musicians, artists as well as writers. However, it’s not the titles of the people that truly matter, it’s the warmth by which they greet visitors with that matters a lot.

building and street has a wide history

Great Architecture

Oxford is home to some of the best architectural masterpieces that span centuries. Every building and street has a wide history to it. Over the years, Oxford has managed to intertwine the medieval architecture with modern ones, something that has made it a source of inspiration to many architects around the world.

A Wide Range Of Cafes

A Wide Range Of Cafes

Oxford is home to a number of cafés which have an eclectic mix of tastes. Some of the best include The Vaults and The Missing Bean. You can also enjoy locally sourced delicacies in some of the restaurants along Turl Street. There are also a number of food events held annually. If you are lucky enough, your visit might coincide with one of these events.

The Blackwell Bookshop

Competing Bookshelves

Oxford University has 120 miles of bookshelves in its libraries. On the other hand, the Blackwell Bookshop has over 3 miles of book shelves in its famed Norrington room. This goes on to show the reading culture embedded in Oxford.

Oldest universities and colleges in the world

The Colleges

Oxford is home to some of the oldest universities and colleges in the world. These hallways were once homes to thousands of influential personalities who changed the world in one way or the other. Some of these colleges can also allow you to view their grounds free of charge

Check out events and festivals held in Oxfordshire.