Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, an academic utopia filled to the brim with eager eyed students and some of the brightest minds in the world. Visiting Oxford and seeing all that the city has to offer should be on any avid traveller’s list of “Must visit” places. With us being a security company in Oxford, we figured we would count down 9 reasons we believe you should visit Oxford for.
What is more English than punting? Not a lot, that is for sure, for those visiting the UK for the first time, taking a punt in the river Cherwell in Oxford can be an incredibly serene activity. Gently bobbing along the water, taking in the views of the surrounding city, is a truly mesmerizing experience.
Book lover’s paradise
For the book lover’s amongst us, Oxford will surely already be on your list of places to visit, with the legendary Norrington room housing over 160,000 books on more than 3 miles of shelving, you would struggle to find a book they don’t have. On top of this, the history on display with Blackwell’s being established in the late 1800s has to be admired. A true history and bibliophiles combo that isn’t to be missed.
Being such a historic town, it is only natural that it features some absolutely stunning architecture. From some university buildings to St George’s Tower, anyone who is into history or simply admiring and admirable job well done will surely find their place here in Oxford.
Oxford has no shortage of museums for those wanting to learn a bit more about the city with their time here. From the ever-changing big name art exhibitions of the Ashmolean museum to the archaeological spectacles provided by the Pitt River museum, ask anyone in Oxford for a recommendation on what to do in the city, and they will all talk about the museums.
The Oxford University Parks
The Oxford University parks are locally described as the “green oasis” of Oxford, a place where nature and people can meet. Originally planned as a space for sports and recreational purposes, this park is now an open area available to the public all year round except for Christmas Eve. For the sports lover’s amongst us, you may be able to catch a game of football, lacrosse, tennis, rugby or cricket.
Modern Art Oxford
Whilst currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Modern Art Oxford is an incredible display of some of the most prestigious artistic talents of the modern world. They also have a shop where you can buy different souvenirs and pieces of art to show off your cultural interests.
Oxford is home to some incredibly old pubs, with their oldest being the King’s Arms pub that was built way back in 1607 and still standing. Not only is this a well looked after site of historic significance, but they also claim to be the “brainiest pub in Oxford” with the “highest IQ per square foot of anywhere in the world!” no doubt due to Oxford scholars relaxing here on the weekends.
Oxford Music Concerts
As we have established, Oxford has a very rich history, this also extends to its history of music, with the city producing countless musicians and bands. Going to a concert in Oxford can be like going back in time, especially when enjoying the esoteric tones of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
The covered market is a significant part of the Oxford experience, this market provides many people the opportunity to buy fresh food and other produce. The building dates all the way back to the 1770s with a long and varied heritage. It is said to provide a unique showcase of some of the highest quality local crafts, food, drink, and other items.
In conclusion, Oxford has a lot to offer when it comes to visiting the historic city, even if you aren’t terribly interested in admiring the academic history of the city, there is plenty more to bear witness to
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