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  • 1 Bodleian Library Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad GB - Oxford OX1 3BG

    The Bodleian Library, founded in the 14C and reconstructed in the 17C, is one of the richest libraries in the world with its almost five million books, manuscripts and maps. On the right-hand side of the courtyard stands the Tower of the Five Orders,..

  • 2 Christ Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    St Aldates GB - Oxford OX1 1DP

    The largest and most majestic Oxford college, founded in 1525, is built around the vast «Tom Quad». The main gate built by Wren, «Tom Tower», the Tudor hall and the portrait gallery should not be missed.

  • 3 Christ Church Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    St Aldates GB - Oxford OX1 1DP

    Built in late Roman style with a 16 C roof, it was originally the priory church of St Frideswide, which explains why it is today the smallest cathedral in England. The 15 C starred choir vaulting is magnificent. Notice the window dating from c. 1330 ..

  • 4 Ashmolean Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Beaumont GB - Oxford OX1 2PH

    Built by CR Cockerell in a very free neo-Grecian style (1845), the Ashmolean developed from the collections of John Tradescant, the gardener at Hatfield House, and his son. Nowadays, the Ashmolean is a university museum housing rich and varied collec..

  • 5 Magdalen College Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Oxford OX1 4AU

    The college, once St-John's hospital, was founded in 1456. The wall along the High Street dates from the 13 C. The chapel, bell-tower and cloister are late Perpendicular. The 46 m high bell-tower, is still, as James 1 said, «the most perfect structur..

  • 6 Sheldonian Theater Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad GB - Oxford OX1 3AZ

    The Sheldonian Theatre was the first classical building in Oxford (1664-1669), and the first architectural work of Wren. It houses official university ceremonies. The roof structure is an engineering masterpiece, even if the rest of the building lack..

  • 7 Lincoln College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Turl GB - Oxford OX1 3DR

    It was founded and received its charter in 1427. The chapel, 1610-1631, in the second quad has Flemish stained glass of 17 C origin. Between the two quads are the two oak-panelled rooms where John Wesley, founder of Methodism, taught for 25 years. Th..

  • 8 The Queen's College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Oxford OX1 4AW

    Founded in 1340, and rebuilt between 1671 and 1760, this is the only Oxford college in which the architectural styles have been harmonised. The Front Quadrangle, has cloisters on three sides and the hall and chapel on the fourth. The Classical chapel..

  • 9 University Museum of Natural History Interesting

    Museums and art

    rd. Parks GB - Oxford OX1 3PW

    Today the contents of this natural history museum pale into insignificance beside the extraordinary building that contains them. The building is a cast iron neo-Gothic cathedral designed like a railway station, and decorated with delicate 19C stone c..

  • 10 St John's College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St Giles GB - Oxford OX1 3JP

    Founded in 1555, it stretches back from the original 16 C façade. The grounds were designed by Capability Brown. The front quad contains remains of the medieval St Bernard's college (1437), while the columns of Canterbury quad (1631-1636) give a touc..

  • 11 Pitt Rivers Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    rd. Parks GB - Oxford OX1 3PP

    This anthropological collection is housed next to the natural history museum. It includes masks, musical instruments, jewellery, skulls, totems and armour, displayed by category rather than by country of origin, to show traditions that are common to ..

  • 12 Radcliffe Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Radcliffe GB - Oxford OX1

    This is the heart of the university, dominated by the dome of the Radcliffe Camera designed by James Gibbs. To the south is St Mary's Church, to the west Brasenose College, to the east All Souls College, and to the north the federal buildings around ..

  • 13 St Mary the Virgin

    Religious buildings

    st. High GB - Oxford OX1 4BJ

    St Mary the Virgin Church is built in Perpendicular Gothic (late 15 C) and has a 13 C Decorated Gothic tower. From the tower, admire the view of the city's dreaming spires, domes, quads, and the surrounding hills. It has a charming and unusual Baroqu..

  • 14 Brasenose College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Radcliffe place GB - Oxford OX1 4AJ

    It was founded in 1509. The entrance and the main hall are also from the early 16 C, the library and the chapel from the mid 17 C, and the old kitchen is a 14 C relic of Brasenose Hall (the name come from the brass knocker which is nose shaped).

  • 15 All Souls College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Oxford OX1 4AL

    It was founded in 1438 in memory of those who had died in the 100 Years War. The front quad dates from the mid 15 C, and the bigger north quad with its twin towers, built by Nicholas Hawksmoor is 18 C. Set between the two is the Perpendicular style c..

  • 16 Exeter College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Turl GB - Oxford OX1 3DP

    The college was founded in 1314, and it possesses both the rich Jacobean and sober Victorian styles. The oldest part is the Palmer Tower (1432). The chapel by Gilbert Scott (1857), imitates the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, and has a tapestry by Morris a..

  • 17 Trinity College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad GB - Oxford OX1 3BH

    Trinity was founded in 1555, in the buildings of the former Durham College, which was abandoned during the Dissolution. Set back off Broad Street, behind gardens, the chapel houses the «adorable cherub» and woodcarvings by Grinling Gibbons. The 17 C ..

  • 18 Jesus College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Turl GB - Oxford OX1 3DW

    It was founded in 1571. Its façade is very late Perpendicular. The entrance, the hall, the chapel and the inner quad are Classical 17 & 18 C.

  • 19 St Michael at the Northgate

    Religious buildings

    st. Commarket GB - Oxford OX1 3EY

    This is the oldest building in Oxford, and has a Saxon tower and a 13 C interior. The oldest stained glass in Oxford (c. 1290) is in the east window, and portrays St. Nicholas, St. Edmond of Abingdon, St. Michael, and a Virgin and Child.

  • 20 Carfax Tower

    Religious buildings

    st. Commarket GB - Oxford OX1

    The 14 C tower is all that remains of St-Martin's church, the centre of the Saxon and Medieval town. From the top of the tower, enjoy a superb view of the High Street.

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