In and Around Oxford
The Queen’s College is situated on the historic High Street, approximately 5 minutes’ walk from Carfax and the main shopping area of the city. Access to the College is extremely easy. The main railway station is about a mile away and the bus station is a similar distance. There are several buses from London, Heathrow and Gatwick, which all stop immediately outside the Main College. Whilst the College does not have any parking available, the Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Ride buses also stop immediately outside the College.
Oxford has many sights to interest the visitor. There are 39 Oxford Colleges, some of which are open to the public. There is the Natural History Museum, which also incorporates the Pitt Rivers Museum, an anthropological collection of major significance, both of which are in Parks Road. The Ashmolean, a museum of art and archaeology, is located about 15 minutes’ walk from the College, and houses many important collections, as well as occasional specialist exhibitions. All of these are part of the University of Oxford.
The Oxford Playhouse has a full programme with a variety of productions including dance, plays, pantomimes and musical theatre. The New Theatre in Oxford offers ballet, opera, concerts and plays for both adults and children.
For gardeners there is the Oxford University Botanic Garden in the High Street, a truly wonderful collection of plants to delight and inspire, from vegetable plots to hothouses full of exotic plants from around the world.
In Broad Street there is Blackwell’s Bookshop, an old established family owned bookshop which stocks general fiction and non fiction as well as a large academic section for University students. Blackwell’s also has specialist shops for music and art, also in Broad Street.
There are regular walking tours of the city, as well as open top bus tours which will give the visitor a different perspective of this ancient and very beautiful city of spires.
Throughout the year there are musical performances and plays in various Colleges and the Sheldonian Theatre that are open to the public. In addition there is the Oxford Castle Complex on the site of the old Oxford Gaol, which also has a full programme of events.
There are many places in and around Oxford to enjoy fine food and wine, as well as bistros, restaurants and pubs offering good food at reasonable prices.
- Tourist Information - www.oxford.gov.uk/tourism
- Natural History Museum - www.oum.ox.ac.uk
- Pitt Rivers Museum - www.prm.ox.ac.uk
- Oxford Playhouse - www.newburytheatre.co.uk/theatres/oxfordplayhouse.htm
- The New Theatre - www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=103
- The Botanic Garden - www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk
- Oxford Castle Complex - www.creationtheatre.co.uk
- Oxford Coffee Concerts - www.coffeeconcerts.com