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  • When in Oxford ...

    You may live locally or further afield, but you are likely to have heard of Oxford - the city of dreaming spires, Lewis and punting.

    Alongside the world famous features, there are lots of other hidden treasures you may wish to explore, whether you are studying at one of the partner colleges local to Oxford Brookes - or are thinking of visiting.

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  • Culture and intrigue

    Guy Fawkes’ lamp, shrunken heads and the remains of a dodo are just some of the weird and wonderful objects and artefacts that you’ll find in the city’s museums and galleries. Oxford has an amazing selection – you’re bound to want to spend time in some of them:

    • the Ashmolean - recently re-furbished and the oldest public British museum
    • the Pitt Rivers Museum - home to a world-famous anthropological collection and the inspiration for Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials book and film trilogy
    • Modern Art Oxford - a contemporary gallery often a showcase for the work of Brookes students and graduates, as well as the likes of Tracey Emin and Stella Vine
    • the Museum of Natural History - a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture and home to the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and a dodo
    • the Museum of the History of Science - the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building
    • the Story Museum - celebrates story in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight
    • the Oxford Castle Unlocked complex - a site that was used as a place of incarceration 1071-1996.

    Oxford rocks my socks off...

    I’m in love with this city… It’s such a vibrant hub of exciting history, culture, education, entertainment and dining. It's quaint cobbled streets, awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent museums attract people from far and wide...Oxford offers a truly wonderful international experience while retaining its fascinating traditional, historical and cultural status; how many cities in the world can do that?

    Lola Leach, student blogger.

    Read more of her blog here »

  • Street life

    Oxford - Jericho tavern

    As weird as this may sound, being a tourist is actually really fun. There is some incredible architecture in Oxford…so many colleges that are great to just wander around. Strolling down the high street can even be fun too as there's literally always buskers and street performers singing, dancing and miming. It's really refreshing to experience such an array of talent.

  • Shopping

    Alongside all the major high street chain and department stores, there is the historic covered market established in the 1770s. You’ll find delis, fruit, veg, meat and fish stalls mixed in with boutiques, specialist shops and some great coffee shops.

    Alternatively the weekly market in Gloucester Green offers an outdoor shopping experience while foodstuffs from around the world can be sourced from hidden gems dotted around the city. If it’s charity, second hand or bric-a-brac shops you seek, then Headington, Summertown and the Cowley Road are the places to go.

    For food lovers

    The eclectic mix of eateries and restaurants means there’s something to tempt every taste bud and cater for every pocket at any time of day.

    The Brookes food blog gives you reviews of a range of eateries by one keen student foodie, ranging from cheap treats to more pricey meals if you are in the mood to stretch the budget.

    Imagine having the choice of not only delicious Indian, Chinese and Thai food at your doorstep, but Slovakian, Lebanese and Spanish too...You don’t have to imagine these things; Oxford has it all.

    Lola Leach, student blogger.

    Read more of her blog here »

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  • When night falls

    If you want to enjoy the city in the evening, there are plenty of options.

    There are pubs and bars to suit your mood, ranging from the Turf Tavern, a 13th century ale house tucked away in town (your first challenge is to find it), to great cocktail bars.

    The O2 Academy on the Cowley Road is the biggest venue for live music but you’ll find lots of gigs going on in pubs, concert halls and other venues around town. Foals, Radiohead, Stornoway and Supergrass all hail from Oxford. And Handel played here too.

    And if you’re looking for theatres and cinemas, there’s the independent Phoenix Picturehouse which has shown art house films for over a 100 years, or the mainstream New Theatre programme that has included many touring West End hits.

    And finally there’s the punting

    We couldn’t miss out the punting…

    Punting along the river as it winds past the botanical gardens and under beautiful bridges is Oxford's most relaxing summer activity. You might (gently) collide with a rowing boat but it's all part of the fun and definitely worth a go!

    Ellen Kirk, studying Biology