The dreaming spires of Oxford.
Oxford University’s buildings boast some of the best architecture in the country with The Grand Hall at Christ Church College being the inspiration for Hogwarts’ Great Hall. The Bodleian Libraries’ most famous site and an impressive piece of Classical architecture, the Radcliffe Camera, was opened in 1749 and together with the other sites throughout Oxford now make these Libraries the second largest in the country (after the British Library) with over 12 million printed items.
The city boasts many fine examples of historic pub taverns, like the Eagle and Child which was a favourite meeting place of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Old Parsonage Hotel where Oscar Wilde is said to have stayed. Other places to visit include the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first public museum and now an important museum for art and archaeology, The Sheldonian Theatre – official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and Oxford Botanical Garden where you can sit under Tolkein’s favourite tree!
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