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Five Best Attractions in Oxford

Posted 13 October 2014

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Oxford is a city renowned for its history and exceptional university. Along with superb academic heritage, there is also a wealth of cultural sites to excite and motivate the intrepid student. We have created a list of our top five things to do to provoke the imagination.

Oxford is a city renowned for its history and exceptional university. Along with superb academic heritage, there is also a wealth of cultural sites to excite and motivate the intrepid student. We have created a list of our top five things to do to provoke the imagination.

Pitt Rivers Museum
Inside you’ll find collections of artefacts and trinkets from all around the world stored in Victorian glass cabinets.  The atmosphere inside is magical; it feels like stepping back to a forgotten time, and remains one of the most popular attractions in Oxford. Keep an eye out for the shrunken heads!

Ashmolean Museum
The world’s first university museum, the Ashmolean was built in 1678, making it one of the oldest museums in the world. You can find Egyptian, Greek and Roman treasures, along with art masterpieces from Picasso, Cezanne and Leonardo da Vinci. Admission is free, but if you want to see a special collection you may have to pay.

Bodleian library
A working library that’s part of the University of Oxford, the Bodleian is a book-lovers dream. We recommend taking the guided tour to see the library in full, and Harry Potter fans will enjoy seeing the spots that were used in the first two films.

Modern Art Oxford
Modern and contemporary art fans will find plenty of inspiration here. It is currently showcasing young artistic talent from Oxford Brookes University.

Parks
With over 50 green spaces, Oxford has plenty of room to escape the busy streets. To get a great view of the city’s ‘dreaming spires’, climb to the top of South Park (don’t forget your camera!). Sculpture lovers should check out Bury Knowle Park and if you want to ride a miniature railway, visit Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park.

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