If you want to discover the history of Oxford, the best way is to go for a walking tour around Oxford thus populating your mind with famous people and long lasting old traditions. Indeed it is a way to remember the best academic practices in the history of the planet where the best kept secrets behind the academic walls could be discovered in the matter of few days. So come to one of the most popular walking tour of Oxford, the tour to Oxford University College and the Divinity School.
Besides these tours there are other tours including Harry Potter, as made famous by films on the adventures of Harry Potter and filmed on the true locations of Oxford, more to the taste of Inspector Morse and Alice in Wonderland tours, suiting the specialist themed tours thus exploring Oxford’s modern architecture.
Few historic places to visit in Oxfords are below:
Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the place where Sir Winston Churchill was born. A true experience of 18th century architecture, the baroque style is worth seeing as it is made prevalent by awe-inspiring designs and patterns and a memorable experience for the visitors. Discover the beauty of this world heritage site. Take a mini train to the Pleasure Gardens to see the breathtaking beauty of natural and man-made maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. So the Britain’s splendid palace has lot to offer in terms of tours, exhibitions and events.
The Ashmolean is the museum of art and archaeology of the Oxford University with in depth study of form and shapes as established in 1683. Our out of the world collections include Egyptian mummies besides the traditional contemporary art, telling-tales of human valour and courage from across times and cultures.
The Ashmolean collections are rare and time tested diverse representing the world’s great civilizations dating as back to 8000 BC. So the treasure includes Pre-Raphaelite drawings, the Egyptian pre –Dynastic sculpture as existing outside of Cairo and other outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures.
The Ashmolean is a unique teaching and research department of the University of Oxford delving into the art and safekeeping the art history. It reproduces high literature in the fields of art history and archaeology. The Museum is a step in the right direction for cultivating the taste of art in the visitors. With improved design and new display devices the museum is more than ever a befitting place to curate art and art history.
Harry Potter filming sites in Oxford
Harry Potter fans must note that there is sufficient to see Harry Potter related places outside of London and that they have to spend many hours enjoying the quick trip to Oxford. So they would not find short of filming locations and much needed inspiration for the films. Here is the guide to Harry Potter locations to visit in and around Oxford.
The Great Hall filmed at Christ Church College (entry fee will be paid by the visitor)
Once in the Great Hall you would be delighted to know that the stairway used to get to the hall is also filmed in the series which includes a small archway where Harry first arrives at Hogwarts.
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is the epic research centre which was used not to film any scenes but show case with the help of research displaying various ancient artefacts.
The Hogwart’s Cloisters
The Hogwart’s Cloisters- In Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, many students turn against Harry and wear ‘Harry Stinks’ badges. The cloisters were used for memorable scene from the film when Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret. The scene is around giant Oak tree which could be seen in the movie. New College is open to the public daily from 11am to 5pm in the summer with an adult ticket of pounds 3 (entry fee to paid by the visitor). The entrance is on the New College Lane hence follow the road under the bridge of Sighs. In the winter the admission is free between 2pm and 4pm through the entrance on Holywell Street.
Our tours are suitable for all walking abilities covering between 1 to 2 miles and lasting for about 1 and 2 hours.
This 2 hour tour is our most popular tour and is an excellent place to start touring Oxford. The guide would lead you through the streets of Oxford, explaining the relevant history and architecture besides the traditions that are followed in imparting education at its best.
You need to get inside of Oxford seeing the quadrangle, cloisters and dining hall as you come in direct contact with the University of Oxford’s famous colleges.
Your guide will take you to Radcliffe Square which is home to Oxford’s most iconic and stunning buildings, highlighting the expressive facade of Oxford. The tour includes access to the Divinity School which has its ceiling adorned with ‘liner vaulting’ dating back to the 1480’s.
DURATION OF THE TOUR:
About 2 Hours
PRICES of The Tour is Free. We do not charge anything and you can leave a donation to our guide at the end of the tour.
TIME OF THE TOURS:
Tours depart daily at 11:00 am and 2 pm from the Oxfam Shop No.17 on Broad Street.