The city of dreaming spires was founded by Saxons who marked off the city using gates or towers are they are known today. Explore the major towers and the walk along the river that drew the earliest settlers to this boggy flood plain nearly 2000 years. Discover the stories and intrigue of the kings and queens whose lives shaped the arc of British history. The river allowed the new seeds brought back by botanists on the Grand Tour to be grown here. See the gardens that flourish today and wander through the origins academic institutions that thrive to this day. This tour will take you through the heart of Oxford and along the illustrious and storied alleyways.
Christ Church, Martyrs Memorial, Carfax Tower, St Michael at the Northgate
Head South down St Aldates from Carfax (the centre of the crossroads of Oxford). Stop outside Christchurch, the first college you come to on your left, noted by the big tower above it's open gate.
Places to stop along the way:
Bear Inn, Grand Cafe, Weston Library, History of Science Museum
Best time of day:
Daylight hours when the meadow is open to the public
The area is safe but always be street smart. Keep an eye out for cyclists on the road.
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