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A mere mention of Oxford will invariably lead you to think about its university that is known to be one of the most revered universities in the world. In fact, the entire city is dominated by the university itself. It forms a maze of buildings located in the heart of the city and is known to boast of some of the finest architectural landmarks in England.

Despite the fact that the central areas of the city are physically and mentally dominated by the university, it still manages to boast of a wider character thanks to an economy which was built upon the car plants located in Cowley. In fact, the first mass produced vehicles of Britain were manufactured here in the early 1920s.

Oxford is famous as a place for the conservative and bookish ones as well as for the elite and the privileged. It has considered to be the most famous university town in the world and the scent of intellectual ideas can be found as soon as you reach Oxford. There are 39 colleges which combine to make up the Oxford University with each college known to attract a fair share of students and tourists into town.

However, the universities, their beautiful architecture, steeped history and splendid personas and the motor car factories only offer one part of the city’s story. Another part of Oxford’s story is written by its exclusive stores, trendy bars, exotic nightclubs, chic restaurants, world famous libraries and world class museums.

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1. Sudeley Castle
What is it? Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, it has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England's past. The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr (1512-48), following her marriage to Sir Thomas Seymour, and Lady Jane Grey. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I all visited Sudeley. King Charles I stayed here and his nephew, Prince Rupert, established his headquarters at the Castle during the Civil War. Following its destruction by Cromwell's troops, Sudeley lay neglected and derelict for 200 years. However, its romantic situation and ruins attracted many visitors, including King George III. In 1837 Sudeley was bought by John and William Dent, successful businessmen from Worcestershire, who began an ambitious restoration programme; the castle is still home to their descendants. Within the Castle's apartments are a range of historic possessions dating from the Civil War and an important art collection including paintings by Van Dyck, Rubens, Turner, Reynolds, Claude and Jan Steen. The romantic 14-acre grounds are worth a visit from March to September and are the setting for outdoor Shakespeare performances, concerts, and other events in summer. Hours of Operation: Castle open daily 10.30am to 5pm (31 March to 28 October) Phone:(0)1242 602 308



2. Stratford-Upon-Avon
What is it? The quaint and picturesque country town, Stratford-Upon-Avon (which, as its name suggests, rests on the banks of the River Avon) is the historic birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visitors can explore Shakespeare's birthplace; Mary Arden's House, where his mother lived before marrying his father; his wife, Anne Hathaway's cottage, as well as the school Shakespeare attended. Stratford-Upon-Avon is within easy access of the Cotswolds, set in the beautiful, rural Warwickshire countryside. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Bodleian Library
Central Bodleian site is off Broad Street and in Radcliffe Square
What is it? Chief among Oxford's many academic and architectural attractions is the unique Bodleian library, which is spread throughout several buildings across the city. The central core of this collection of buildings is set in Radcliffe Square and includes the historic Duke Humfrey's Library, dating from the 15th century, and the gothic Divinity School with its magnificent vaulted ceiling, which is open to the public. Only members can use the reading rooms of this library, which contains a copy of every book printed in Britain since 1610, and no books are ever loaned out. Guided tours are available to view the main buildings. Hours of Operation: Tours from the quadrangle, Broad Street, depart 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm Monday to Saturday. Phone:Bookings and information: (0)1865 277 224



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1. British F1 Grand Prix

From 2007-07-08

To 2007-07-08

What is it? The 'Home of the British Grand Prix,' Silverstone Circuit is one of the oldest tracks still used in the Formula One season. The British have a strong racing heritage and six of the teams currently driving (McLaren Mercedes, BAR, Red Bull Racing, Williams and Midland) have strong attachments to this track and sympathies with the fans and general public. The track is half way between Northampton and Oxford. Where is it? Silverstone




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