Great Britain, Oxford – A City of Dreams Fullfilled
After a short break we return to England, more precisely to the county of Oxfordshire, where we visit one of the most famous university cities in the world - Oxford. This 160,000 center of education offers almost forty dormitories, amazing history, monuments, personalities and, last but not least, its noble atmosphere.
Surely, Oxford is synonymous with education for many Oxford because it houses the oldest and most prestigious British university, which ranks among the world's top university annually. An unusual hallmark of mystery was given to the university by the famous magic saga about Harry Potter from the writer J. K. Rowling, who was inspired by the educational institution and created the legendary Hogwarts.
To begin with, we will mention a few personalities who were born, worked, studied or found their last resting place. These include King Harold I of England, CS Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking, philosopher George Berkeley, actors Hugh Laurie (Dr. House), Ema Watson (Hermione of Harry Potter), Hugh Grant (Notting Hill) ) as well as writers JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), Oscar Wilde (The Ghost of Canterville) or Nobel Prize winners biologist N. Tinbergen and physicist A. Salam. But this is just a handful of famous names Oxford can boast of.
The city is approximately 90 kilometers northwest of London and offers a wealth of landmarks. It is a relatively compact city, ideal for walking, but public bicycles or buses are also available.
Visit the Ashmolean Museum and the History of Science Museum to discover the secrets of learning. But go to the center, where the only preserved tower from the church. Martina - Carfax Tower and a magnificent cathedral, which is part of one of the largest complexes of Oxford University (Christ Church College). There is also a dining room that inspired Alice in Wonderland or Harry Potter. Portraits of former students hang on the walls.
Be sure not to miss Oxford Castle and Prison, where you not only learn a lot about the history of the city, but also see the centuries-old tomb and ascend to the top of St. George overlooking Oxford. Not far from the castle is a hill, which is another tourist attraction, but consider its visit, it does not offer such great views.
Remarkable is also the local Covered Market with its various shops, which has been here since the late 18th century, of course, the local theaters, libraries and galleries. If you want to blend in with the city and its unique atmosphere, you must also visit bars, restaurants and cafes.
If you wander through the streets with residential buildings, you may also come across an unusual attraction - the Shark of Headington (2 New High Street). It is a work of art - the 8-meter shark is “stuck” in the roof of the house. Near the already mentioned medieval castle you can visit the modern shopping center Westgate, where you can see the historic city from the upper open floor. Also interesting is the Blackwells Bookshop, which is reportedly the largest book sales room in Europe. The small pub The Eagle and Child, where legendary writers met, should also be a must. World-famous writer JR Tolkien is also buried in Oxford at the Wolvercote Cemetery.
Greenery enthusiasts will find their way in the botanical garden or in one of the parks, gardens and nature reserves. In addition to a number of rest places, beautiful trees, neat shrubs or flora, you will also find sports and English tennis courts. A walk through South Park offers beautiful city views.
We don't say goodbye to Oxford yet, we'll be visiting Oxford University in a week's time.
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Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Beata Firicová
When you hear „Oxford“ you immediately could have in mind famous University. And really, this town is full of unchangeble atmosphere and phantastic places, which could not escape our memory.
Today we take you to the seaside town of Brighton and Hove. As the name suggests, it is a combination of two independent cities offering up to 1997 (status of Queen Elizabeth II in 2001), which offer a rich history, beautiful monuments, quirky culture and sports.
From the magnificent Palace Pier through the Old Steine garden, we head to one of Brighton's most sought-after attractions, the former Royal Pavilion.
After visiting the 360-degree lookout tower, we will stroll down the Brighton Coast today, decorated with architecturally impressive buildings. If we headed toward King's Road, we could get to the renovated 1884 Victorian gazebo.
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We visited the English city of Oxford last week. We saw a few sights and places of interest, but we missed Oxford University.
If you happen to travel to England some day, you will surely want to visit its most famous city - London. And then ask yourself a question - what will I actually see apart the famous red buses and Big Ben? Is it worth it? Yes it is! London is the city of history, art, and culture. It is ideal for people who like museums, or galleries.
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Last week we walked through the student town of Eton and today we head to Windsor. Perhaps the most sought-after landmark of the city, which is also its dominant, is Windsor Castle of the same name.
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