• Carfax crossroads and its tower on the High Street is a common starting point for a walking tour.
• Merton college, separated from Christ Church Meadow by the hardly tragic Dead Man’s Walk, is one of the University’s most attractive.
• up Rose Lane to Magdalene College and punt rental is available on the River Cherwell.
• north of High Street is Oxford’s best known sight, the circular Radcliffe Camera building.
• another Christopher Wren contribution, the Sheldonian Theatre.
• the magnificent Ashmolean Museum, home to sensational ethnic antiquities of Egyptian, Chinese and Islamic origins, as well as fine European paintings.
• the renowned Bodleian Library (guide tours only).
The Bodleian Library entrance, appropriately inscrutable and academic. Photo by Arnaud Malon.
Christ Church Cathedral, the chapel of Christ Church college as well as serving the diocese of Oxford. Photo by Decan.
• just south of High Street, Christ Church college is the university’s biggest college, built in 16th century and partly designed by Christopher Wren (architect of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral), with several spectacular buildings including a Norman cathedral.
Christ Church college dining hall. Photo by chensiyuan.