Tour Locations | Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students
Towards the Bodleian Library
When you're part of the way round the building, stop walking. The Sheldonian should be on your right, and there's a large courtyard on your left.
In the distance, beyond the courtyard, you can see a lovely bridge that links two buildings over the street. Can you see it? I know it's tempting, but don't walk towards it just yet. Just stay here while I tell you about it.
That's the Bridge of Sighs. But that's just its nickname. Everyone thinks it was built as a replica of the one in Venice but it's actually just a covered bridge. You may recognise it from various TV shows, or even X Men First Class.
If you were very thirsty, I'd advise you to go under it, and to take your first right down Bath Place. You would then arrive at the Turf Tavern, which dates all the way back to 1381 and is very popular with students, as well as with the Australian prime minister, Bob Hawke. In 1963, he set a world record there by drinking a yard of ale in 11 seconds!
Now, you'll see the courtyard has a path of flagstones running down the middle of it. I want you to walk along these flagstones, towards the middle of the courtyard. When you reach the middle, turn right, and follow the flagstones through the open door, all the way through to another, smaller courtyard.