Oxford is a university town that boasts of numerous attractions. It is home to one of the top-rated universities in the world with numerous colleges that are must-see destinations in their own right. The town’s spectacular sights, scenic views, and unique atmosphere are just among its biggest draws. With so many attractions to choose from, choosing a few to explore is a daunting task. But here are some that you would not want to miss when in town.
1. Bodleian Library
Why go: The Bodleian is the heart of network of buildings that make up the entire library that houses an impressive collection of works many of which lie underground. The number of books that can be seen aboveground is only a portion of the facility’s complete collection. The Bodleian is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and worth the time to explore. Guided tours allow visitors to see some of the interesting areas within its walls.
2. Bridge of Sighs
Why go: Hertford College located near the Bodleian Library features one of Oxford’s top attractions, the Bridge of Sighs. Its elaborate and stunning design makes it one of the most impressive sights in the area.
3. Christ Church
Why go: Christ Church is one of the top-rated attractions among the many must-see Oxford colleges. Among its many points of interest include its beautiful architecture, impressive interior, spectacular dining hall that was featured as the Hogwarts Great Hall in the Harry Potter movies, the Tom Tower and its large bell, stunning wooden ceiling, and the Picture Gallery.
4 & 5. Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
Why go: The Museum of Natural History houses an impressive collection of geological and zoological specimens, fossils, and more. Housed inside a building with a striking Gothic-style architecture, the museum features a wide array of attraction that includes the Dodo and the dinosaurs. The museum complex also houses anthropological relics in the adjacent Pitt Rivers Museum which is also worth a visit.
6. Radcliffe Camera
Why go: The Radcliffe Camera is one of the town’s most stunning and eye-catching buildings. The Palladian-inspired architecture is topped with a dome that is one of the circular building’s beautiful features. It houses an academic library that is only accessible to students and other authorized personnel.
7. Sheldonian Theatre
Why go: The building that houses the Sheldonian Theatre was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The theatre serves as a venue for concerts and other special events. It is also where the Matriculation Ceremony in the beginning of the academic year is held.