Sights in Oxford

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During your Oxford trip, you will notice that most Oxford activities and sights are in some way connected to the various colleges. The Christ Church Cathedral, for example, is part of the Christ Church College complex and Hertford college is the place to head for when you want to see the famous Bridge of Sighs. The impressive Radcliffe Camera, used as a reading room these days, can be seen as the centre point from which one can easily explore the colleges and museums, all concentrated in a not so vast area. This is a great thing, because most attractions will be conveniently located near your Oxford hotel and quite easy to reach on foot. Continue reading through the listings to find out about more of Oxford's best sights.

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June 08, 2008 change by mcburton

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Pitt Rivers Museum, Main Museum

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type:Museums
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address:Parks Road, Banbury Road
tel: 01865 270927

Museum of the History of Science

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Museum of the History of Science - The Old Ashmolean on Broad Street is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. It houses a collection of roughly 10,000 historic scientific instruments. The Museum's reference library is home to thousands of manuscripts, incunabula, prints, printed ephemera, and early photographic material. 

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address:Broad Street, Oxford UK
tel:+44 0 1865 277280
url:www.mhs.ox.ac.uk

Ashmolean Museum

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type:Museums
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tel:01865 278000
address:Beaumont
open:Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2-4pm

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

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It is not an historic building yet, as it is just in the process of being built, but in a few years time, this stone clad building will be an attraction worth seeing

type:Historical Buildings & Bridges
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address:Marston Road

Carfax Tower

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At every quarter hour, two "quarter boys" hit the clock bells on the east facade of the structure that was once the 1818 St. Martin's church. Now demolished, the tower is all that remains. It's well worth the workout -- so climb the 99 steps to the tower to enjoy spectacular views of Oxford's "Dreaming Spires." Carfax Tower is located at the junction of St. Aldates/Cornmarket Street and High Street/Queen Street, Oxford.

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address:Junction of St. Aldates/Cornmarket Street and High Street/Queen Street, Oxford

Museum of Oxford

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tel:01865 815559
address:St. Aldate's
open:Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Bridge of Sighs

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type:Historical Buildings & Bridges
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address:Nearby Hertford College

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

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type:Cathedral & Churches
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address:High Street

University of Oxford Botanic Garden

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Spread out over three elaborate sections are 7,000 different types of plants, making the collection one of the most diverse collections on the planet. The three sections inlcude: The Glasshouses, the area outside the Walled Garden, and the Black Border and Autumn Borders.

 

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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address:Rose Lane, Oxford UK
tel:+44 0 1865 286690
url:www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk
email:postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Castle Mound

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type:Historical Buildings & Bridges
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address:Paradise Street
tel:01865 815559

Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Library

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Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Library - This is not your everyday "library." The building was built from 1737-1749 in Italian Baroque style. It has one of the largest domes in all of Britain and it is home to a collection of more than 6 million volumes. The three sections of the library: Old Library, Radcliffe Camera, and New Library. Bodleian Library made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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address:Catte Street, Oxford UK
tel:+44 0 1865 277000
url:www.bodley.ox.ac.uk
email:reader.services@bodley.ox.ac.uk

University Museum

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tel:01865 272950
address:Parks Road
open:Mon-Sat 12-5pm

Cathedral Treasury

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tel:01865 276154
address:Christ Church
open:Winter: Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30pm Sun 11.30-4.30pm

Oxford University Press Museum

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address:Great Clarendon Street
tel:01865 267527.

Pitt Rivers

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tel:01865 270949
address:Parks Road
open:Mon-Sat 1-4.30pm

The Rotunda Museum of Antique Dolls Houses

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tel:01865 777935
address:Grove House, Iffley Turn
open:May-Sept, 1st Sunday in the month

Telecom Museum

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address:35 Speedwell St.

Museum of Natural History

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address:Parks Road
tel:01865 272950

Balfour Buildings

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address:next to Pitt Rivers, Banbury Road
tel:01865 270949

Oxford Museum of Modern Art

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address:30 Pembroke Street
tel:01865 722733
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