I definitely want to visit Oxford again. This was a bit of a whistlestop tour as we went on a coach with the Chaplaincy and had to leave at 4.30pm. Also I would like to go during the week when the queues aren’t as long to get into places…
As we got off the bus, we spotted the Randolph Hotel which features in many of the Inspector Morse novels. If you haven’t come across him, the books are really good and so are the TV episodes that were made. We heard the cream teas were supposed to be good but didn’t really have time for those so had a quick cuppa before the coach left (it was very expensive – more expensive than a London hotel, even) but we did get to sit in the Morse Bar.
pao wanted to visit the Eagle and Child pub (allegedly known to locals as the Bird and the Baby) where the Inklings who included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.Lewis used to meet regularly so I was happy to oblige.
Didn’t he look at home in there?
It was interesting to walk past the Oxford University Press as a number of the books in our house were produced by them. I loved the grand entrance way.
Even the street signs were pretty. I had to take a photo of this one, being a knitter and all….
We popped in to admire the outside of Christ Church College as the queue (which you can see behind us) was very long indeed and it wasn’t worth the wait since we didn’t have too long. Apparently the dining hall scene in Harry Potter was filmed in there but we didn’t stick around to check that out.
We nipped in quickly to the covered market but not really long enough for a proper look round. I did sniff out some coffee at Cardews so we got a bag to take home.
Bicycles feature heavily in Oxford and were definitely the way that most travelled. I love this old specimen.
Blackwells book shop – notice the pub in between the two halves. If you watch the movie of the Oxford Murders, you can see the inside of Blackwells
as well as the Sheldonian Theatre.
The Radcliffe Camera is part of the Bodliean Library
Right behind is University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
The famous Bridge of Sighs at Hertford College
on Catte Street. I can report that there were no cats to be seen though.