• LOCATION 19 | Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    Broad Street

    Broad Street on Oxford audio tour Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    In front of you, with the pillars, you can see Waterstone’s. Now turn left into Broad Street. Mind the bikes whizzing past, and look for a brick cross cut out of the tarmac in the centre of the road. Just under your feet is where they say that the three Reformation martyrs were burnt at the stake.

    On your left is Balliol College. It’s been here since 1263 and is therefore one of the oldest colleges not just in Oxford, but in the English-speaking world!

    Now, here’s something I want to show you, something that most of the tourists on this street will have missed. Do you see Blackwell's Art and Poster shop up ahead on your right? Look directly across from it, to the other side of the street. From there, look up, to the roof. Can you see him? He was made by the famous sculptor Anthony Gormley and took his place up there in 2009.

    ‘What is that naked iron guy doing up there?’ You might realistically be asking. To which Anthony Gormley once replied, 'It's a good question, and one for which I hope there will never be a single satisfactory answer.'

    Now keep walking till you reach Blackwells’ Bookshop on your left. I'm going to introduce you to someone when we get there.

Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students