Oxford: exploring the city’s rich history

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Angela Youngman investigates what the city of Oxford has to offer coach partaies, from stunning architecture to state-of-the-art manufacturing

What do Harry Potter, Tolkien, Alice in Wonderland, Morse and Mini cars have in common? The answer is simple: location. Oxford has always attracted thousands of visitors keen to explore one of the oldest University cities in the UK; its appeal is steadily expanding creating an increasingly varied range of places to visit.

Colleges

Incredibly picturesque, with architecturally stunning buildings – each with amazing historical stories – the 38 colleges that make up Oxford University are an irresistible focus for visitors. Arranging to visit the colleges is harder. All the colleges have their own individual criteria as to when they are open to the public and which areas can be visited, as some parts of the building or grounds may be closed on occasion. As working educational institutions, the needs of visitors have to be balanced against the needs of the students and staff. For example, Balliol College allows groups of 15 people, whereas Brasenose has a maximum group size of 40. At Corpus Christi, a Blue Badge guide is required to accompany groups of up to 20 people. Some colleges like Jesus College charge a fee for entry, while others such as Exeter are free. Opening hours are equally varied. Balliol is open between 1000hrs and 1700hrs, whereas Corpus Christi is open between 1330hrs and 1630hrs. For contact details and more information on each college’s requirements, visit www.ox.ac.uk/visitors/visiting-oxford/visiting-the-colleges. […]

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