Oxford: a photo tour and top tips

When offered the chance to attend a conference in Oxford with accommodation in a real oxford college and an ‘experience dinner’ in the Harry Potter-esque Great Hall of Keble College I was not about to turn the offer down.

If you ever find yourself visiting Oxford outside of term time then I would really recommend staying in one of the colleges. Many of them offer bed and breakfast in some of the most beautiful surroundings I have ever stayed in. Check out Conference Oxford for a full list. I’d definitely think about looking at university rooms when visiting other university cities in the future.

 

Not your average B&B

 

Not your average halls of residence

 

Not your average college

In between conferencing I managed to get out and about on my bike and take myself on a whistlestop tour of some of Oxfords highlights and hidden gems.

Top Oxford tips

  1. If you can take a bike with you and arrive by train. Parking and driving isn’t a good way to see the city. However it is the perfect size for cycling.
  2. Stay in an Oxford college – see above
  3. Download the Oxford University app which gives lots of background to all of the university buildings and also gives staff and student recommendations
  4. Make time to check out some of the stunning modern architecture alongside the more classical buildings
  5. If it all seems a bit busy and full of tourists pop into a college where you will be sure to find a hidden oasis of calm

I hope these photos tempt you to visit Oxford too, it truly is a beautiful city with a little sprinkling of academic and architectural magic. The pace of my visit was hectic so I can’t wait to return and explore in a more relaxed manner.

Said Business School – middle east meets Cotswolds


Bridge of Sighs

  

Radcliffe Camera


New biochemistry building

  

St Catherines College


Gardens of St Catherines College

  

Maths Institute


Geometric flooring at the entrance to the Maths Institute’s modern extension

  

Blavatnik school of Government


Hot air balloon over Holywell Street 

  

Lily pond in Botanical Gardens


The tropics come to Oxford

  

Glasshouses and spires at the University Botanic Gardens


Abstract and wild planting in the University Botanic Gardens

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