Everyone knows that Oxford is a “university city” with the oldest Oxford University in the UK and the city of the car industry with the carmaker Morris from the 20th century, however, the first impression of visitors while coming there is the scene of “everyone going by bicycles.”
Oxford city – university city
The entire Oxford city center is a university village with 36 schools belonging to Oxford University – where to learn and research of than 14,500 students, the most economical transportation is the bicycle. Go to Oxford, you will be told about the tower building competitions between students and locals to determine the right to manage the city. Then tourists can know how many students studying in Oxford. Therefore, one of the symbols of Oxford is the image of a cycling student in uniform.
Oxford is not as wide and bustle as London, just within a day walking around the city, tourists can visit the famous attractions of Oxford and to witness the ancient building was built in the 11th century, such as the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Christ Church school, the Bodleian and the Radcliffe Camera square, the Museum of Oxford, Magdalen school. Oxford is a very friendly and secure city, the travelers themselves can ring the city following the directions on the map.
University Church of St. Mary
University Church of St. Mary the Virgin is situated on High street, keeping many antiques, including an ancient tomb inside the building. It took only two pounds for the entrance fee, but guests can enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Oxford city from four directions when climbing over 100 stairs of the church tower. Located away from St. Mary’s cathedral about two minutes walking, there are the unique architectures of the square Radcliffe Cameranand the Bodleian. Also in this area, visitors will be visiting Shedonian amphitheater – where the Oxford University as freshmen ceremony new school years.
Visit the Christ Church
On the way to visit the Christ Church, tourists cross Christ Church Meadow – the green meadow with the tale of two men who enjoy playing chess and the winner in the final game can use his name to set for the field. Christ Church was founded by King Henry VIII, was one of the “top” of the Oxford University and is also where the filming of the famous Harry Potter. When standing in the Tom Quadrangle of the school, visitors will never forget the scene quitdich playing in the beloved film Harry Potter. The school has many old traditions and still keeps for now as a common mealtime of students… The school prepared a room with adequate facilities for visitors to learn about the history and traditions of the school through the 30-60 minutes long film.
Visiting the Christ Church also means understanding the lives of students from Oxford. For example, visitors will know all Oxford students must wear uniforms in four occasions: First day of school, on the closing lecture, on the exam and to meet the principal. Also, you will even be more admired for those who graduated from Oxford for their learning ability. Do not be surprised when seeing students sitting anywhere for reading and still be in the library at midnight (school libraries are open 24/24). Magdelan is one of the famous, richest schools of Oxford University, possessing the most beautiful land of Oxford with deer park, meandering river around the school and many grass fields.
Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford may be the last place you should go because you will be learning about Oxford, visiting many real specimens like dinosaur, ancient mammals. Also, in order to get to the museum in Oxford, you will go through many other famous landmarks of Oxford as Trinity College, Covered Market and so on.
Traditional English pub
Oxford is not only ancient for the buildings, but also in the Oxford traditions that were preserved until now. There is no places where guests can feel right about the “pub” – traditional English pub – like in Oxford. It takes about 30 minutes by car, visitors can closely intertwine with the countryside nature of Oxford and try to drink beer in a traditional pub. British style traditional pubs must be situated right by the river with birds, like peacocks walking naturally on site, no music; all just people talking next to running water’s sound and cheep. Trout Inn may be one the tourist must visit, but be careful if driving because of the narrow roads.
The pace of life in Oxford is not so fast as in other cities, but also dynamic and modern enough to appeal to anyone, especially the youth. The roads in the center are the place to show off of different music bands, experimenting with new musical styles or merely introducing the new albums, or the group expressing street arts. 80% of people that you meet on the street is the youth with a dress full of personality, making the streets in Oxford even more “young” and modern.