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Christchurch is a beautiful college to visit, we did not have time to visit here. It has a world famous choir and is Oxfords largest college. The great hall was replicated in the Harry Potter films. Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Caroll writer of Alice in Wonderland studied here as a mathematician
It costs GBP4.90 open monday to saturday 9am - 5pm & sunday 1pm - 5pm
Address: Christchurch meadow building
Directions: Off St Aldates
The Inner Courtyard - Oldest Part
New College began its life as St Marys college although there was already a St Marys college now renamed Oriel college so it had to be named New St Marys & hence just became known as New College - for this particular name you always need to add the college suffix to the college name.
The motto of this college eastablished by William Wykeham is "Manners makyth man" written in English rather then the usual Latin. The cloister is particularly serene & a scene in Harry Potter was filmed here. We visited the dining hall & the chapel as well which are equally impressive.
Our guide told us that students of Oxford have their own rooms & sometimes even an adjoining study. The first year they are allocated their rooms but the second year they get to chose via a lottery system. In the dining halls there are 2 sittings for dinner a self service buffett and a later formal sit down dinner with table service which needs to be booked, students normally opt for the ealier less formal supper. There is lots more freedom now with students as there are no curfews or regulations on guests staying in your room.
The gardens of New College are very well kept and in the centre there is a decorative mound with a central staircase common in Elizabethan times. It is in these gardens you can still see largest & best preserved part of the North East city wall, a condition was imposed on the founder of the college to maintain the wall and every 3 years the mayor and sheriff of Oxford inspects the wall in keeping with the imposed condition.
This is Oxford's 4th oldest college. In 1993 it became the first of the all-male colleges to elect a woman, Marilyn Butler, as Rector. In 2004 they elected another significant woman bein Frances Cairncross former senior editor of the Economist.
The college was the basis of Philip Pullman's novel His Dark Mateials & recently they filmed The Golden Compass at the college. It has also been filmed in an Inspector Morse episode.
Famous graduates are Richard Burton & JRRn Tolkien
Address: Turl Street
The most photographed piece of architecture in Oxford, it actually bears closer resemblence to the Rialto Bridge in Venice & its strange for me to see a road under the bridge after travelling the watery passageways of Venice by gondala. The bridge links the old & new areas of Hertford college so the students don't get wet & it saves time.
Address: New College Lane
Designed by Christopeher Wren for the university in 1664 - 68 named after the main financial backer & chancellor of the university. This is where the university holds all its public meetings such as the giving out of honoury degrees & doctorates ie: Bishop Tutu, Charlie Chaplin & Alec Guiness to name a few.
Surrounding the gate of the entrance to the Sheldonian are statues of Bearded Gentlemen as the guardians of the theatre they have been targeted by students giving them blue beards & various other brightly coloured paint.
I believe you can visit the theatre but it is currently undergoing renovation works. Cost is GBP2 check the website for opening times
Address: Broad Street
This college takes its name from Sir Edmund of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury who lived in the house when he was Regent Master of Arts in about the 1190's.
The students have no garden so they relax in the graveyard attached to the chapel.
This college is said to get its name from a brass door knocker shaped like a pigs snout and said to bring good luck. It was stolen in 1334 by a group of Linconshire students and in 1890 it was returned to the college by the purchase of Brassnose House in Stamford. The knocker no longer hangs outside for fear of another theft but hangs in the dining hall above the high table.
David Cameron was a graduate of Brassnose college, this college celebrates is 500th year in 2009
The Carfax tower is placed by a busy crossroads and derives its name from the latin for quadrifurcus meaning 4 forked. Due to widening of the road in the 19th centuary the 14th centuary church of St Martins apart from the tower was destroyed. The clock has 2 quarter boys who hit the bells every quater of an hour.
The climb up the narrow winding staircase is worthwhile on a clear day and its only 99 steps giving you a view of the Oxford spires mounted against rollowing countryside.
Address: St Aldates, Cornmarket St, High St, Queen St
Its so big - like a rose among the thorns Han
This botanical garden is the UK's oldest botanical garden and it holds 7,000 different species of plants. After kew gardens for me it was a bit disappointing but then again entry was only GBP3. They hold events here throughout the summer encouraging picnics & socialising it is also next to the river.
Address: Rose Lane OX1 4AZ
Directions: before Magdalen Bridge
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