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Oxford is famed for its architectural beauty; everywhere you turn you’re met with grand buildings in the distinctive golden stone that defines the city. From world famous medieval buildings to bold, contemporary design, this compact city centre is home to some of the most outstanding architecture in the world. Here, we round up some of the greatest…
Each of Oxford’s beautiful colleges has their own charm, but it’s Christ Church which really dazzles. Everything from the stately Tom’s Quad to the stunning Tom Tower, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the acclaimed English architect responsible for St Paul’s Cathedral in London, feels drenched in history. If Christ Church looks familiar, that’s because it’s inspired many of the world’s most famous campuses, as well as featuring in and inspiring sets for many of the Harry Potter films.
Built between 1427 and 1483, the Divinity School is a truly glorious example of European medieval architecture. Attached to the Bodleian Library, it used to serve as a place for lectures, exams and discussions on theology but now is available to hire for weddings and parties – and what a setting it makes! The ceiling, with the lierne vaults creating a delicate star-shaped pattern, is a work of art – definitely worth visiting on one of the library’s guided tours.
Oozing Parisian-chic, The Grand Café on the High Street is a gloriously opulent Oxford institution. From the elegant, gilded exterior to the glamorous mirror-clad interior, The Grand Café is the place to head for a sophisticated afternoon tea or cocktail. The Grade II listed building sits on the site of England’s first coffee house, set up in 1652, and has a real sense of history.