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Planning a short break to Oxford? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Oxford. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Oxford. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Christ Church

The best known collage in this university town is centrally located in the St Aldates area of the town. Founded in 1532 by none other than Henry VIII among others. Christ Church is the largest by far and boasts it's own Cathedral.

One gets a strong sense of the hundreds of years of learning in the college.Tom Quad is named after the bell in Tom Tower, there is an art gallery containing some paintings by the masters and beautiful stained glass windows in the church.

For more information visit - www.chch.ox.ac.uk

The Oxford Story

6 Broad Street in the town centre, Take a seat as you are transported through the Oxford of ancient times via an audio commentary and a series of recreated scenes. The ride is slow moving and gives you time to take in the sights and sounds of days long gone. Fascinating and differant way to learn history, the kids will love it.

Visit www.oxfordstory.co.uk

Pierre Victoire Bistrot

Located at 9 Little Clarendon Street, this very popular French dining experience is the perfect spot for a romantic meal for two or pre – theatre/show. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the friendly, excellent service matches the gourmet dining. The restaurant is always busy so it might be a good idea to book ahead. The desserts are mouthwatering and the restaurant offers daily specials, so check it out.

More information: www.oxfordrestaurantguide.co.uk/pierre_victoire

The Botanic Garden

To find the garden just walk down the High Street and you will find the Garden next to Christ Church Meadow. Dating back 300 years the garden is the oldest in Britain. Open to the public in the summer, the glasshouses are interesting with many different varieties. The path connecting Christ Church to the Garden commands fine river views.

Please go to: www.botanic-garden

Blenheim Palace

This is a day trip from the town being 12 km to the north in the charming town of Woodstock. The palace is well worth the excursion with 187 furnished rooms to get through and exquisitely decorated interiors high archways and marble floors. Glorious grounds of over 2000 acres and gardens designed by the well-known British landscaper, Capability Brown. Plan for an interesting day here.

Visit: www.blenheimpalace.com

May Day

Great place to be on May 1st as the Magdalen College Choir gets to the top of the tower and serenades the town with Madrigals, the rets of the town have a great time Morris Dancing and indulging in weird traditional English rituals. The only day of the year that the pubs open at 7am, so one can only imagine the state of the Morris Dancing by the evening.

Visit the website: www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/features/ 2004/04/may_day_2004

Punting The River

There is nothing better on a hot summers day than messing about on the river. In this case the Isis or Cherwell rivers. The visitor can get very tangled up and that tends to annoy the serious rowers and the tall pole is used to guide the boat not whack people, so if you don’t feel confident enough to strike out on your own, then its possible to hire a punter for a fee from the Magdelen Bridge Boat Co just under the bridge.

Old Parsonage Hotel

This is a real treat for a short break and is situated at 1 Banbury Road. This fine building dates back to 1308 and boasts a rich history, its counted among the landmarks of the town. Just a stroll from all the sights of the city. The 30 rooms are exquisitely furnished in luxurious style complete with marble bathrooms. The gardens are charming and as you would expect, there is a first class restaurant and bar.

For details go to www.a1tourism.com/uk/oldparson

The Bridge

6-9 Hythe Bridge Street, This stunning bar and club is centrally located and one of Oxfords popular venues. Housed on two floors with a good sized bar on each and the main dance floor upstairs.Every night is party night here with a variety of DJs spinning R&B, Hip Hop and chart hits. Students, locals and visitors mix freely here and a great night is guaranteed.

For extra details visit www.bridgeoxford.co.uk/bridge

Templars Square

Oxford's largest shopping centre house over 70 shops including the well known household names and many smaller local stores. The centre is spacious and the glass roof lets plenty of light in. Templars host a number of Craft and Antique markets throughout the year and lots of community events.

For a list of all the happenings go to; www.templarssquare.com

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