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Why is Oxford a privileged place
England, city of Dreaming Spires
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Despite only being the UK's 52nd largest city, Oxford has long been one of its most famous, largely thanks to its world-leading university whose impact on the skyline lends it the name 'city of dreaming spires'. In this short guide we suggest the things to see and do while staying in this magical place.
The Colleges of the University, Christ Church, is a popular choice, housed in a magnificent network of buildings that have been home to some of Oxford's most notable alumni, such as Prime Minister William Gladstone and the writer Lewis Carroll.
One of the reasons of why is Oxford a privileged place, the Bodleian library is one of the oldest in Europe with a collection of over twelve million items, including Shakespeare's first folio and four copies of the Magna Carta.
Famous as a filming location, much of Harry Potter was filmed in Christ Church, and a large number of other films and TV shows have been set or shot here.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest in England, It is home to a vast collection of plants and is also notable as a point of pilgrimage due to its literary significance.
From the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology to the University Museum of Natural History, everyone is sure to find something to spark their interest.
The University Parks is a large parkland area close to the centre of Oxford and favoured as a place to eat and recover from the bustle of the crowded centre.
Punting allows visitors to breathe in the city from the tranquility of the River Cherwell.
Why is Oxford a privileged place? Almost 250 years old, the covered market is dominated by food retailing, but visitors will also have the opportunity browse a variety of other goods.
Blenheim Palace is the grandest and most prestigious non-royal residence in the UK, and is also notable for having been the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
The Eagle & Child is the former haunt of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Visitors will relish the opportunity to soak up the literary history while unwinding from their day's travels over a pint.
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