"The Gown Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Oxford by King_Golo
Oxford Travel Guide: 976 reviews and 2,090 photos
More or less everybody will have heard of Oxford, that almost mythical city in the heart of England, home to almost 40 colleges of which most are several hundred years old, home to brilliant scientists and bizarre traditions - and from 2009 to 2013 my home as well.
I had moved here in order to teach German to 6 colleges, but I quickly found that the colleges are hiding much more behind their high walls and gates than just super-intelligent students and a few of the world's best academics. More often than not one will learn about a tradition or ritual that is so weird that nobody except an Oxford person could have come up with it. Find out more about that by reading my "Oxford Absurdities" travelogue or my tips.
Oxford is one of those places that you think you know well only to discover something new (and often unexpected) every other day. I was constantly coming across new exciting places or traditions. It is hard to actually rank Oxford's sights as there is so much to see or do for even the most demanding visitors, but I have tried nonetheless. Here are my personal Oxford Top 10:
1. Relaxing in Exeter's Fellow's Garden, Oxford's best-kept open secret
2. Walking along Addison's Walk in Magdalen College on a bright autumn day
3. Climbing the tower of St. Mary the Virgin on a late afternoon with the soft light illuminating the city's most beautiful buildings underneath you
4. Browsing through the millions of books in Blackwell's
5. A pint or two in one of the city's pubs steeped in tradition
6. The labyrinth of nice shops and cafes in the Covered Market
7. A walk around Christ Church Meadow
8. Walking downstream along the Thames from Folly Bridge to Iffley Lock and having lunch and a cider at "The Isis Farmhouse"
9. An early morning or nighttime stroll through New College Lane
10. Oxford's best-known college, Christ Church
My pages will be updated quite regularly and I hope that they can be helpful to visitors. Best to check them once in a while to see what new contents I have uploaded. In case you're planning an Oxford visit, don't hesitate to contact me for more information.
For some general historic information or two proposed itineraries, check the general tips section. For more pictures, check my travelogues.
- Pros:Incredibly many things to do, wonderful atmosphere, nice people
- Cons:Horrible traffic, hordes of tourists in summer
- In a nutshell:Simply and purely a great place!
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