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.
Another Oxford treat is the recently reopened Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Founded in 1683 as Britain's first public museum, it's dusty and dark old galleries were reborn with a major, multi-million pound refurbishment program. The museum reopened in 2009 with 39 new galleries and a 100% increase in exhibition space. And it's not over yet. The Egyptian Galleries, holding some of the Ashmolean's most important treasures, were set for redevelopment in 2010 and 2011.Among the treasures you might see at the Ashmolean on a day out from London are drawings by Michaelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt; a Stradivarius Violin; ancient Chinese and Middle Eastern porcelain and glass; the coins with the heads of Nero and Henry VIII, and lots more. The museum is part of Oxford University and it's free.
Altogether Oxford is a terrific, and easy, day out of London.How to Get There:
- By Train: Express trains to Oxford from Paddington Station are frequent, take about an hour and 15 minutes and cost £20. New Faster services are on the way.
- By Car: Oxford is 62 miles northwest of London via the M4, M25, M40 and A roads. It takes about an hour and a half to drive. Parking is difficult but the city is surrounded by Park and Ride parking lots with cheap bus services into the city center.
- By Bus The Oxford Tube is a very popular way to get to Oxford by bus. The company runs buses every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, with pick ups from multiple stops in London and in Oxford. The fare costs £13 one way or £16 round trip and there are multiple trip deals, as well as student, senior and child fares available.