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Oxford, England Travel Guide

With its honey-colored colleges arrayed in splendor beside the river, Oxford is a captivating vision of modern charm and medieval learning. Although there is more to this city than Oxford University, the city’s defining feature is very much the university. Here are the top must-see attractions in Oxford, England. 

Christ Church

With its enthralling combination of double identity, literary heritage, and majestic architecture, Christ Church attracts lots of tourists. Among the largest colleges in Oxford, it was founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525. This college has assembled a remarkable art collection. Artworks displayed in the Picture Gallery include drawings and painting by Michelangelo, Tintoretto, as well as other Renaissance masters. Also, the Christ Church Meadow is a vast expanse bordered by the Thames and Cherwell rivers – it is perfect for a leisurely walk. 

Bodleian Library

At least 5 kings, Nobel laureates, and dozens of prime ministers have studied in this library, a spectacular survivor from the Bronze Ages. Stroll into its seventeenth-century quad, and you can appreciate its age-old buildings for free. You will need to join a guided tour to see the rest of this library complex.

Ashmolean Museum

This is the oldest public museum in Britain and it is only surpassed by the British Museum in London. It was built in 1683 when a collection of ‘rarities’ was presented to Oxford University by Elias Ashmole. An exhibition celebrates the 400th birthday of Ashmole by showing original treasures. You could easily spend the whole day exploring this spectacular neoclassical building. 

Magdalen College

Guarding access to a magnificent expanse of deer park, river walks, and woodlands, Magdalen is one of the most beautiful and wealthiest colleges of Oxford. Beyond its stylish Victorian gateway, it has a glorious 15th-century tower and medieval tower. There is also the impressive 15th-century cloister where the fantastic carved figures may have inspired The Chronicles of Narnia stone statues by CS Lewis. 

Pitt Rivers Museum

If exploring a huge room full of unexpected and eccentric artifacts sounds like your idea of an ideal afternoon, the Pitt Rivers museum is a top pick. Dimly lit to preserve its myriad treasures and tucked behind the natural history museum, it is centered on an anthropological collected assembled by a Victorian general. Exploring its 3 balconied floors, you may encounter anything from a warrior’s helmet to Japanese Noh-theatre masks or Mesopotamian temple receipts.

Radcliffe Camera

Definitely the most photographed landmark in Oxford, the Radcliffe Camera is a columned, circular, light-filled, and beautiful library. Built in grand Palladian style between 1737 and 1749, as “Radcliffe Library”, it is surpassed by the third-largest dome in Britain. 

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Travel Items You Don’t Actually Need

You’ve probably read lots of articles regarding what to pack before planning a trip but less frequently do professional travelers tell you what NOT to fill in your suitcase. Want to pack smarter? Here’s a list of travel items you don’t actually need to pack and should forget at home to make your bag lighter and easy to manage.

EXPENSIVE JEWELRY 

Even if you’re going on a five-star journey, leave your precious jewelry, including watches, at home because tourists are just asking for it when they wear their showy stuff. In fact, Women should turn their engagement rings around when moving over town markets and train stations to make sure the stones of the ring are facing their palms. If you insist on carrying precious jewelry for a specific occasion like a fancy wedding, then bring it on the plane with you; don’t check it! Leave your valuables in a security deposit box at the hotel’s front desk or cruise ship or a safe when leaving for a walk-in town.

SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER AND BODY LOTION

We all like the products we want, but why use up all that space with your shampoo, lotions, and conditioner when you travel? Unless you are traveling camping or staying in a hotel, anywhere you go will have it all. If you don’t believe you will like the hotel’s brand of facilities, you can always go to a neighborhood pharmacy or grocery store and get some. If you must have your personal shampoo, then be sure it’s in the precise size container if you are doing carry-on only.

HAIR DRYER 

Stop even thinking about it. Do you not think the hotel, rental house, or cruise ship will have it? Carrying a hair dryer is just using up vital room in your suitcase unnecessarily and combines weight to your bags.

Paper guidebooks Gone are the times when tourists have to stock their bags or carry-on bags with thick and large guidebooks. Don’t get me wrong – guidebooks are cool, but this is the 21st century, and you can obtain all the info you require online or download it on to your tablet or smartphone.

TOO MANY CLOTHES 

“Pack half the clothes and twice the money”. Live by these words. As you’re planning for a trip, lay out all the clothes and cash you plan to bring. Then simply pack half the clothes and twice the quantity of money you had planned on. And don’t use the reason that you’re a girl who requires more stuff!

ALL OF YOUR TECH GADGETS 

These days, most people own a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, an e-reader…but do you actually require all of them when you travel? Try to cut your tech set down to the essentials and leave the others at home. For example, if you can download the Kindle app on your iPad, you can move without carrying the Kindle and simply read your books on your iPad. In this manner, you can leave their particular chargers at home, too.