Oxford is the city of ‘dreaming spires’ and a world wide reputation for learning.
It’s a collection of about 40 colleges, the oldest being University college founded in the 13th century. This has grown over time and now includes a few colleges founded in the past few years.
A visitor would need several days to vist all of them, plus other university buildings such as the Bodleian library – and probably wouldn’t want to visit some of the more modern ones anyway.
And so here is our guide to the 10 colleges and sites you should visit either as a brisk walk (if on a day trip) or a more leisurely explore on a longer visit.
1. Christ Church
If there’s one college that screams ‘Oxford’ it’s Christ Church.
Built by Cardinal Wolsey, a key advisor to Henry VIII, it has featured on several movies and TV shows, notably Brideshead Revisited and the recent Harry Potter: the Dining Hall scenes were filmed in the college’s ancient Hall.
It’s also one of the more tourist friendly colleges: be sure to have a leisurely stroll round Tom Quad, following in the footsteps of WH Auden, William Gladstone and Lewis Carroll who all studied here.