Oxford, UK

Experience Oxford: Famous Places To Visit


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On Your To-Do List

+ Where the famous “Oxford Martyrs” were hanged in Oxford in 1555 + 1556. The three martyrs were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer (the Archbishop of Canterbury). They were tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake for their religious beliefs and teachings. Latimer and Ridley were burnt on 16 October 1555. Cranmer was burnt five months later on 21 March 1556

+ The “Great Hall” from Harry Potter at Christ Church College

+ Christ Church Meadow, beside Christ Church Cathedral. Uniquely in the Church of England, it serves as both College Chapel and Mother Church for the Diocese of Oxford.

+ Alice in Wonderland Sweet Shop – buy your own Alice in Wonderland pop-up book at my Etsy shop here

+ St Michael’s Tower, oldest in Oxford

*Check out quirky photos from Oxford in my other post here

Amazing Facts About Oxford

Oxford has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world!

Best selling authors with links to Oxford include:

+ Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898 – author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky.

+ JRR Tolkein, 1892-1973 – author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

+ CS Lewis, 1898-1963 – author of The Chronicles of Narnia. CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were close friends and both were Dons at Oxford University. They were also part of the Oxford literary group known as the ‘Inklings’ who could commonly be found discussing literature in the Eagle and Child and Lamb and Flag pubs on St Giles during their time in Oxford.

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The cross marks the exact spot where the Oxford Martyrs were burned alive in 1555/6
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Uncanny feeling!
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View from the end of the street, just north outside where the city walls used to be. Now Broad street.
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The burning of Latimer and Ridley, from a book by John Foxe (1563)
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Puddings were aflame and champagne flowing last Thursday evening when Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened the doors to Hogwarts for a select number of fans who paid $350 (£230) to have Christmas Dinner in the Great Hall.
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Gorgeous!
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The bell in the tower of Christ Church Cathedral is called the “Old Tom” which strikes a unique 101 times at 9.05pm every evening.
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Thousands of people visit the cathedral + its meadow each year to pray, worship, or simply to enjoy the stillness and the profound sense of history it inspires.
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Duck in the meadow
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Alice in Wonderland sweet shop beside Christ Church Cathedral
Originally built around 1000–1050, with the tower of 1040 still in existence, the church is Oxford's oldest building.
Originally built around 1000–1050, St Michael’s Church is Oxford’s oldest building. These are the stairs leading up to the Bell Tower
View from the top
View from the top
Bell of the tower
Bell of the tower. This church tower is Saxon
St Michael's Tower
Actual cell door which led the Oxford Martyrs to their deaths in 1555/6

St Michael's Tower

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