Hubby and I talked where we should go in our day off last week and after we spent time looking online, I told him “Let’s go to Oxford”. Oxford is far from us, but as we were staying near Birmingham, it was only an hour away. We knew there are park&ride car parks in the area and we found one very easy. There are 5 in total, the one what we went to is only £2 a day. The bus arrived fast and in 10-15 minutes we were in the centre.
Oxford is an old, beautiful city. The architecture is amazing, we walked for a few hours on the streets, looking at different buildings. We arrived too early to see the Universities, but we’ll be better prepared next time.
Christ Church is the largest college from Oxford University and it is the Cathedral seat of Oxford. The building was erected during Henry VIII reign with support from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey as a college. Queen Elizabeth I came twice at Christ Church during her reign.
During the English Civil War in 17th century, King Charles I lived at Christ Church. He held his Parliament in the Great Hall and attended services in the Cathedral. Today over 550 students study here, men and women.
We didn’t visit it as the Great Hall (which was replicated in the Harry Potter movie’s studios to create Hogwart’s Hall) was closed for the day.
We passed by Merton College. As we were there before 2pm we couldn’t visit it.
The Bodleian Library is one of the 7 entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK. The library stores 7 million volumes on 180km of shelving. Is not a lending library and not even King Charles I was allowed to borrow books.
We’ve been in the Covered Market and saw the cake shop. I saw their cakes on a blog before (can’t remember which one and when, so no link). Their cakes look fab and the amount of detail is really amazing. It was crowded and taking pictures wasn’t easy, so I don’t have a close up with the decorations. I loved it.
Our last stop was Oxford Castle.
Oxford Castle is a partly ruined medieval castle built a few years after the Norman conquest. It was a prison after the Civil War and until 1996. The buildings have since been redeveloped as a restaurant, hotel and heritage complex.
We went up the mound and we were able to see beautiful views of the castle.