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Oxford town guide

The great University city of Oxford is one of the most rewarding in England with its fascinating history and splendid colleges and architectural gems. Arnold called it "That sweet city with it's dreaming spires".

The University is the second oldest in Europe, the oldest being the Sorbonne in Paris and is of great interest to modern-day visitors. There are many walking tours around the various colleges and their quadrangles; many have beautiful gardens that lead down to the water meadows of the rivers Thames and Cherwell.

The Ashmolean Museum houses one of the oldest collections in the world. Greek, Roman, Egyptian and British antiquities are on show here as are Old Masters' paintings, and a good collection of Pre-Raphaelite works.

The Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library are also well worth a visit. One of the most popular ways of seeing Oxford is on an open-topped bus trip. Hiring a punt is an enjoyable way of spending time here and a trip to The Oxford Experience is a must.

Cowley (two and a half miles away) became famous in the 1900's as a bicycle- making centre and later became the home of Morris cars one of the major car factories.

Oxford makes a good daytrip from London in a hire car or by train.

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