Oxford from dreaming spires and beyondFriday 20 June 2014 by Jo Redman Mention Oxford and everyone tends to think about The Oxford University and its many famous colleges and “dreaming spires”. Of course, it would be wrong not to focus on this world famous aspect of such a quintessentially English city, but there is so much more to Oxford than just this.
So, after a tour of the thirty eight colleges that make up Oxford University, including Christchurch – perhaps the most famous of all due to its great hall inspiring Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies, what else is there to see and do in the city.
The Botanic Gardens offer a tranquil green space to catch your breath and admire inspirational herbaceous borders and glasshouses that take you around the World. This is the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain.
Pitt Rivers Museum offers a unique experience for visitors and locals alike. For starters, it’s free and holds one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology. If you like a “shrunken head” you’ll be in the right place.
Iffley Locks just south of Oxford is a beautiful old restored lock system on the River Thames, it takes only 45 minutes to walk from Iffley along the riverbank back into the centre of Oxford.
Carfax Tower, located in the centre of Oxfords’ main shopping area offers great panoramic views of Oxford and can be seen from the top of this 14th –century tower, the only remains of the Church of St. Martin.
Shopping, a wide variety is available throughout the city, from independent boutique shops to mainstream high-street brands. You can find it all here. Not far away is the world famous designer retail outlet - Bicester Village, with over 130 luxury boutiques including Dior, Gucci, Chanel and Alexander Mcqueen, to name a few.
Oxford Film Tours - you could call Oxford the UK’s answer to Hollywood. Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, Downton Abbey, Midsummer Murders, The Golden Compass have all used Oxford as a location to film in. Take a tour and spot the sights.
The above suggestions are just the tip of the many sights and attractions available in Oxford. It’s a busy and rapidly growing city and has a very diverse economy including manufacturing, publishing and science-based industries as well as education, research and tourism.
SACO is increasingly seeing demand for serviced apartments in the city – from both those visitors going for pleasure and those being based there for work. Business visitors include academics, project workers at the BMW site in Cowley, scientists and research teams at the Begbroke Science Park and medical related stays as a result of the cluster of world famous hospitals in the Headington area of the city. (Don’t forget to visit the shark!).
Jo Redman joined SACO in 2004 after 11 years in the travel and telecommunications industry leading teams of people to deliver sales results with a strong emphasis on providing exceptional customer service. In recent years Jo has provided the strategic direction and management to take the company’s marketing capability and SACO brand forward, with a strong emphasis on bringing the brand to life through SACO teams and people. Jo is also an Engage for Success (EFS) Ambassador. EFS is a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work, a better way to enable personal growth, organisational growth and ultimately growth for Britain by releasing more of the capability and potential of people at work. ”It’s all about the people” – could be Jo’s mantraRead more articles by Jo Redman