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Oxford City centre is a maze of streets with lots of small back streets and really impressive large buildings, most making up different parts of the University of Oxford, and within short walking distances you come across plenty to photograph. If you know Oxford a little then like us you could make up your own tour taking in the main highlights or alternatively Oxford has guided walking tours running 365 days a year, from an introductory tour through to themed tours. These are limited to 19 people and take around 2 hours.

On the day of our visit we went via train. The railway station is a little walk from the centre, but walking from there you get to see some new glass fronted buildings and walk over the canal. As we had visited Oxford a number of times and had the children with us we put together our own tour which took in some of the landmarks of Oxford for us to photography as well as a visit to the Museum of Natural History for the children. On arrival we headed towards the main shopping centre and after walking up the main high street we walked down St Aldgates, past Christ Church, were the Alice in Wonderland secret garden is hidden.

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Continuing our walk through some of the spiders web of back streets passing the Bridge of Sighs, an archway which crosses a road joining two buildings part of the Old and New Quads of Hertford College on either side.

See Larger Image Radcliffe Camera building

Note: This is a challenging building to photograph because it is in the centre of a square of buildings and therefore the correct lens, position and lighting combination is required.

See Larger Image Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Inside it contains various collections of entomological, palaeontological, zoological and mineral specimens which have been collected over the last 3 centuries. 

See Larger Image Outside the museum in the grass is a reconstruction of giant  Megalosaurus footprints in the grass, which as the picture shows fill up with water in a rainstorm.

See Larger Image Inside there were dinosaur skeletons, which forms part of their permanent display and includes 4 species from Oxfordshire. The two largest dinosaurs of their collection stand in the centre of the main gallery and is the first thing you see as you walk in the main entrance.

See Larger Image There are many skeletons on the ground floor as well as the large dinosaur collection, there are these skeletons of different animals. The two large ones at the back are elephants and a giraffe, the one at the front on the left is a tiger.

We also took a look around the Pitt Rivers Museum, founded by General Pitt Rivers in 1884.  Spread over 3 galleried floors jam packed display cases contain all manor of objects giving an illustration of how humans have lived over time. Over a quarter of a million objects including amulets, pots, shrunken heads, tools, musical instruments, jewellery, canoes, textiles, weapons, masks a large display of body art and body manipulation. An Aladdin's cave of all sorts of stuff.

There is so much on offer in Oxford that you cannot get all of it done in one day and it is a place you can go back to many times and see different treasures, both big and bold and small. From buildings to flora and fauna. It can be visited at any time of year and the different lighting conditions from the different seasons would give a different atmosphere to the photographs taken.

Location: Oxford City Centre, Oxfordshire

Grid Reference: SP515061 Ceremonial County: Oxfordshire

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Getting there: Can be reached from M40 J 8 & 9 and M4 J13 and off the A40

Access: Expensive parking in the City Centre itself there are a number of park and ride areas around.
Website: www.visitoxford.org
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Notes: Things to do include:- Parks. Museums. Architectural buildings, cobbled and small quaint streets. Guided walking tours. Botanic Gardens. Different seasons giving different lighting for the architecture and gardens. Many eateries within the centre and there are public toilets around.





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By: Tracey Park Section: Urban Landscapes Key:
Page Ref: oxford Topic: Locations Grouped by Area  Last Updated: 07/2009


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