In the spotlight: Oxford
April is here, which means it’s time for another installment of our ‘in the spotlight’ series. This month, programme officer Christine is in control, and she’s telling you why you should visit her favourite place – Oxford.
History and architecture are two of the biggest things that Oxford and its surrounding area have in abundance. Though it is intertwined with the city’s daily life, there’s more to Oxford than its famous university, so once you’ve had a wander around the inspiring ancient buildings it is worth exploring other parts of the City of Dreaming Spires.
As a big fan of all things TV, Oxford is a perfect place to explore the world of the small screen; many films (including Harry Potter) have made Oxford their backdrop. The long running murder mystery series Inspector Morse is set in the city and you can visit many of its key spots on a guided tour. Paying a visit to the Morse Bar within the elegant Randolph Hotel is also a great treat for any visitor to the city.
Oxford has been home to many influential authors, including JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carroll, and if books are your thing, Bodleian Library (one of the oldest in Europe) is a must-see for its rare books and manuscripts housed in buildings throughout the city.
Your next stop should be the Ashmolean Museum to take in its impressive archaeology and art collections (all for free!). To go around the world in a day head for the Pitt Rivers Museum to view the global exhibitions and artefacts displayed.
Once you’ve had your fill of exploration have a break at the Head of the River for a traditional pub menu and then move on for some ice cream (whatever the weather!) in G and D’s café at St Aldgate’s.
When the summer finally arrives, step out into Oxfordshire’s countryside, and just next door in Buckinghamshire, to find literary, food and music festivals popping-up throughout the surrounding areas.
With plenty to see and do Oxford will be one unforgettable place.