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Oxford University England - A Guided Walk


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Oxford Rail Station: The Start of a Half-Day Walk Around the Oxford Colleges
Bikes at Oxford Train Station

Thousands of bicycles fill the immense bicycle parking area near Oxford Rail Station.

© Ferne Arfin

Updated August 27, 2012

Oxford University, England is the oldest university in the English speaking world, dating back to the 11th century. Graduates of Oxford University in England have made notable contributions in every form of human endeavor.

Walk these streets and you will be following in the footsteps of Nobel prize winners, kings, presidents, and prime ministers. The university has produced saints, scientists, explorers, artists, authors and actors. Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web (which makes reading this tour possible!), graduated from Queens College, Oxford.

This walk will take you around some of Oxford's oldest colleges and most important university buildings. It is planned for a morning to give you plenty of time to explore. Don't start too early -- some of the colleges aren't open to the public until noon or later. The first leg, is an easy, 10 minute stroll.

If you are traveling from London, there are frequent trains from Paddington Station. Off peak, round-trip fare is £18.50. (2012) Use National Rail Enquiries to plan your trip
  • Begin at Oxford Rail Station. Turn right out of the station and head for the huge bicycle parking area. Bicycles are everywhere in Oxford.
  • Turn left onto Hythe Bridge Street, past Said College (pronounced Say-eed), Oxford University's newest institution.
  • Continue on over the bridge that crosses the Castle Mill Stream and Oxford Canal.
  • At the first fork, bear left onto Worcester Road. About 50 yards along, reach the entrance to Worcester College, your first stop.

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