Located in southern England, Oxford is renowned throughout the world as a centre of learning thanks to its prestigious university. And although there’s more to Oxford than Oxford University, the university is very much the city’s defining feature.
Over the past eight centuries eminent scientists, philosophers, authors, explorers and politicians have emerged from the university’s ivory towers. Indeed, thanks to a collection of golden-hued buildings, Oxford is among the UK’s most beautiful cities.
Certain buildings stand out, like the domed Radcliffe Camera. However, college after century-old college offers its own unique combination of Gothic chapels, secluded cloisters, and tranquil quadrangles.
As befits a city of students and professors, Oxford is a bastion of the British pub. Old pubs dotted down its central lanes and alleyways include the charming Turf Tavern, the Bear Inn and the King’s Arms. Some double as literary landmarks, like the Lamb & Flag and the Eagle & Child. All in all, Oxford is a potent mixture of medieval learning and modern charm.