OXFORD BY THE LOCALS © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Oxford by the locals The bustling city of Oxford is renowned all over the world for its rich history, dreaming spires and universities. With so much to see and do, we spoke to some of the city’s locals about their favourite places
The University of Oxford became the first University of the English speaking world in 1167. Today we have a busy city and thriving University made up of 38 Colleges. Some of these are medieval and we have many old and beautiful buildings including a Saxon Tower and a Norman Castle. Many of these buildings can be visited. The University runs the Museums including the Ashmolean Museum which was Europe’s first public Museum, today housing a fabulous collection. William Thomas, Head Concierge at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel
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However my favourite place is the University’s Bodleian Library. A library since 1602 and today a copyright Library, it contains nearly 12 million books. You can visit the beautiful Divinity School used in the Harry Potter films and the old Library of Duke Humfrey, used as the Hogwarts library. Nearby is the University Ceremonial Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is also worth visiting. You can climb up to the top and get a view of Oxford’s Dreaming Spires.