Oxford is an inspiring citywide temple of learning. Twenty-seven UK prime ministers have studied at Oxford, including David Cameron and Theresa May. The university consists of some 38 colleges and six private halls, which are spread throughout the city itself. To attend Oxford is to follow famous footsteps along hallowed halls. The buildings themselves are ancient and beautiful and the architecture of the colleges ranges from Merton’s early Gothic edifice to St Catherine’s bracing modernism.
The sprawl of riverside meadows and parkland attracts cyclists, punters, rowers, and tourists with an eye for scenery. Beneath the mantle of Oxford the University, Oxford the city still lives and breathes – although if you stay long enough, you gradually detect a frisson of tension between ‘gown’ and ‘town’.
The best way to explore the town is on foot, with frequent stops at coffee shops for on-going refreshment. As you discover more and more, you’ll develop a healthy curiosity and enthusiasm for one of the finest and most attractive cities in England.