Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Oxford

Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:19am EDT
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By Eleanor McCausland

OXFORD (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the dreaming spires of Oxford?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the home town of one of the world's leading universities.


6:30 p.m. Begin your trip with a look at Oxford's historic center from a slightly different angle. Bill Spectre's Oxford Ghost Trail (+447941041811) departs from Oxford Castle Unlocked (44-46 Oxford Castle), and offers a walking tour of the sights, plus the nightmarish tales that lie behind them, complete with costumed guide, props and illusions.

8:15 p.m. Dine in style at the beautiful Old Parsonage Hotel Restaurant (+441865310210) on Banbury Road. With jazz every Friday from 8 p.m. and a delightful setting, the restaurant serves simple British and modern European classics using the best seasonal produce. Alternately, try its more central sister restaurant, Quod Brasserie, on the High Street (+441864202505) for a lively and robust eating experience.


9:00 p.m. - Begin your day at Broad Street, the heart of the city, to admire the imposing facade of Balliol College, one of Oxford's oldest. A cross outside on the street marks the spot where Protestant Bishops Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer were burned at the stake. While on Broad Street, admire the Sheldonian Theater and Radcliffe Camera (closed to visitors), a part of the Bodleian Library built between 1737 and 1749.

10:00 p.m. Pay a visit to the Bodleian's Divinity School (+441865277224). The Divinity School is the oldest teaching and examination room in the university, and a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture. Just opposite is the historic Bridge of Sighs, a Venetian-style bridge linking two sides of Hertford College.   Continued...

<p>The rooftops of the university city of Oxford are seen from the south west, January 22, 2003. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid</p>