Things to do in Oxford

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Oxford may be a small city, but you'll find lots to and see during your Oxford trip and even better is that the city is so small, you can walk just about everywhere! Continue reading through the listings to find out about many of the unique Oxford activities and plenty of sights that should not be missed. Enjoy!

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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. 

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

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

Sheldonian Theatre

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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and erected 1664-1668, the Sheldonian Theatre has been described as "one of the architectural jewels of Oxford," by the European Commission. In addition to serving as a functional building of the University of Oxford, the structure has been used for conferences (seating capacity 1,000) and concerts for up to 800 guests. Tickets for concerts are available from the Oxford Playhouse (www.oxfordplayhouse.com).

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tel:+44 0 1865 277299
url:www.sheldon.ox.ac.uk
address:University of Oxford Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford UK
email:custodian@sheldon.ox.ac.uk

Exploring Christ Church

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Not only is Christ Church one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford, it is also the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. In just one visit, you will see why visitors flock here to explore the immaculate grounds and the spectacular interiors. You will also see (right away) why numerous scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot here. The main gate to Christ Church, Tom Gate, is situated on St. Aldates, near the centre of the city.

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tel:+44 0 1865 276150 or +44 0 1865 276492
url:www.chch.ox.ac.uk
address:Christ Church, Oxford UK
email:tourism@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Punting

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Punting is a favorite Oxford activity and it really doesn't require that much energy. A punt is an open flat bottom boat with squared ends, used in shallow waters and usually (slowly) propelled by a long pole. There are several places that rent punts and/or offer chauffeured punts. Salter's Steamers (www.salterssteamers.co.uk) or Cherwell Boathouse (www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk) are two very popular rental sources. Cherwell Boathouse also offers Jazz cruises, regular cruises, and more.  

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Cricket

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Head over to the University Parks to watch a real live cricket game. Oxford University Cricket Club plays here and it is considered one of the prettiest playing fields in England. Who knows, you may stumble across a friendly game and you may have an opportunity to join in!

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tel:+44 0 1865 241335
address:www.cricketintheparks.org.uk

Tour Magdalen College

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Founded in 1448 as Magdalen Hall, Magdalen College is considered the most impressive of all Oxford's colleges. The campus stretches across hundreds of acres of riverside walks, lawns, and woodlands. It's famous Deer Park houses the college's 300 year old herd. Just a few notable attractions include: Addison's walks (one of Oxford's best walks), Fellow's Gardens, 57 species of birds, and Magdalen's Great Tower. FYI: Famous alums include: Oscar Wilde, Dudley Moore, and Cardinal Wolsey. Tours are available. 

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tel: +44 0 1865 276052 (tours); +44 0 1865 276000 (general)
url:www.magd.ox.ac.uk
address:High Street, Oxford UK

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