Radcliffe Camera and Churches

We head towards the end of our journey. We head past the Sheldonian and onto the Radcliffe Camera and St Mary’s Church. The Bodleian as mentioned last week, is a gigantic library, in the heart of Oxford City Centre. To get access to the University books, anyone can join, but it is easier if you…

Don’t take the piss on Broad Street.

Once again we are at a crossroads and it’s decision time. For me, there are two options to go straight ahead to fairs, a famous Museum and a famous street or to turn right onto Broad Street and learn about one of the UK’s largest libraries, oldest museum and some great practical jokes… To the…

Cats be cautious of Cornmarket Street.

We are at a crossroad of where to go next. Carfax Tower in front, on the new mall behind, and the castle beyond that. Right takes us to Cornmarket, which was the Main street for shopping until the new mall opened. To the left is Christ Church College. So many choices, and thankfully so much…

Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Whenever I give a tour of Oxford one of the first things I get asked is how the Oxford and Cambridge rivalry was created. Well it has varying accounts, but what we believe to be true is that the university split had its beginnings in 1209. Where locals hung two students for a murder of…

Something sinister in Oxfordshire

As we reach closer to the centre and see the Carfax Tower in the centre, we walk past Brasenose college. A college with some sinister and strange traditions that are now becoming the norm as we continue our trip through Oxford. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to…

Coffee and quacks

As we move along the widening streets of Oxford, and into the heart of the city centre we go past two of Britain’s oldest coffee shops. Both with a curious look into the past. (A potential future of Star Bucks…) Established in the U.K. around 1650/52, the coffee shop was something originally open to all…