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Oxford Visitor information

With a backdrop of wide streets and noble buildings that became famous throughout multiple movies and TV programmes, Oxford is without doubt one of the most recognisable cities in the UK.

Oxford’s town centere is a great way to start visiting, make sure to allow plenty of time to visit as there are so many things to do and see. Start with the principal street intersection known as Carfax Tower with an ancient relic of St Martin Church. Wandering around 24 – 26 Cornmarket Street for a medieval atmosphere of Oxford, the Saxon Tower is the oldest monument of the city and an exquisite Saxon monument to look at.  

Founded in 1525, Christ Church College is today one of the largest of Oxford. The main quadrangle, with its charming fountain is known as Tom Quad and is the largest courtyard in Oxford. The lower tower, with its fine staircase and fan vaulting, leads up to the hall, an elegant dining room with a magnificent wooden ceiling completed in 1529.

Magdalen College was founded in 1458 on a site outside the town walls. Its lovely Magdalen Tower was built in 1482, while the Muniment Tower is the entrance to the chapel where evensong is sung by the college's renowned choir. Magdalen College also offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation when rooms are available : Click here.

Hertford Bridge, often called "the Bridge of Sighs", is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane. Because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. It was never intended to be a replica and its distinctive design makes it a city landmark. 

Travel 

Most of the town centre can be done by foot as most of Oxford's main sites are within easy walking distance so many visitors choose to cover the city centre by foot, however you can also use the public transports such as the bus network that is always reliable. 

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading. From London Stansted airport, take the Stansted Express train service to Liverpool Street and then take the tube to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford. 

Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford, There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London. 

History of Oxford

Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires according to the poet Matthew Arnold, is located in central south east England in Oxfordshire. 

Also known as the oldest university in the English-speaking world with a unique and historic institution. Teaching started in 1096 and developed rapidly in the 12th century, when Harry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

The legendary St. Frideswide is the patron saint of the city, the University and the Diocese of Oxford. She was a Saxon princess and healer, the story goes, forswore marriage in order to found a convent despite the wishes of her father, the king, who sought to marry her. With God’s help she escaped and entered Oxford but her persistent lover had hastened there too, she prayed to God for protection for herself and God struck him blind. Realising how wrong he had done, he asked Frideswide for forgiveness and she granted it, after which his sight was restored. Frideswide went on to have a reputation as a healer and a beloved figure of great piety and prayerfulness.

In the Christ Church Cathedral many representations of the Saint can be found as well as the historical development of her legend. Her remains were transferred to the Shrine and pilgrims have come to pray for many centuries. Many come to pray for healing in the belief the Saint could cure them, such as Catherine of Aragon prayed at the Shrine in the hope of giving birth to a son. It is one of the smallest Cathedrals of England but is a stunning example of Norman architecture.   

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