Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town. Nowadays it offers the perfect blend of ancient and modern: the opportunity to walk through medieval streets, cobbled lanes and secluded alleys, while resting in beautiful parks and green spaces or enjoying the view of impressive new buildings. If you would like to know more, please visit:
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Ashmolean Museum This is the world's first university museum. Since its first building was completed in 1683, it has grown considerably and now boasts some of the finest art and archaeological collections in the world.
Radcliffe Camera The Camera was built in 1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library, and is now a reading room for the Bodleian Library. The distinctive circular dome and drum of the structure makes it one of the most recognizable and often-photographed building in Oxford. This building is not open to the public except as part of a tour of the Bodleian Library.
Bodleian Library With a starting collection of 2,000 books, there are today 9 million items on 176 kilometres of shelving inside the Library. Books may not be taken off the premises. The Divinity School and exhibition room are open to the public. The Library is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which form the historic heart of the University of Oxford, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge. Different ticket options allow you to visit the interior of some of the buildings.
Oxford Castle Quarter Originally built to enable the Normans to control the area, soon the castle harboured a prison, which continued to be in use until 1996. The prison was mainly used to house prisoners from Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and also the University's 'rebellious scholars' (as recorded in 1236). From 1613 until 1785, the prison and castle were owned by Christ Church, who leased the jail to prison keepers. In 1785 it was redeveloped into a prison and house of correction, with a tower on which they held public executions. The last execution was in 1863.
The Covered Market With around 55 independent retailers, this historic outdoor market is a fun, vibrant place worth visiting and spending time in.
Green Areas There are a number of beautiful parks and green spaces in Oxford; Christ Church Meadow, University park or Iffley Meadows are definitely ‘must sees’.
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC and BST (British Summer Time) - 5 hours ahead of EST
Country Dialing Code: +44
Telephone Area Code: 01865
Voltage: The standard electrical voltage in Britain is 240 v AC, 50HZ. A three square pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required.
Climate: The weather in Oxford is generally dull and wet, although Oxford is comparably one of the driest cities in the UK! The wettest month statistically is October, and the driest March. Summers are usually mild to warm, although there have been occasional heat waves.
Driving: People in the UK drive on the left side of the road; when crossing a street, always make sure you look to the right. The stoplights in Oxford flash yellow just before they turn green. This means to check to the left and right for pedestrians and make sure it is safe to go.
Tipping: Many restaurants clearly include a service charge (check the menu), and in this case there is no need to tip. Otherwise tip a minimum of 10% for also pubs and taxis. Hotel porters that assist guests with bags expect £1 to £5, depending on how many bags there are.