Visit the University of Oxford

Visit the University of Oxford

August 30, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


– [Kraina] Oxford has long been known as the city of dreaming spires, and there’s plenty here to
intrigue the imagination. – Karina! – Hello Patrick. My friend, Patrick, loves
sharing his insights into this historic British town. The University of Oxford is
the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Within these hallowed halls, every building and every
monument has a story. – He is the third Earl of Pembroke. He sponsored the publication
the very first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. – [Karina] The University
of Oxford is actually a collection of 38 individual colleges, with the Bodleian Library at its heart. And while the Bodleian
is a working library for students and academics, it can be visited on a guided tour. The Ashmolean Museum is
another of my favorites. It began as a gallery of
portraits and curiosities, with a catalog being
written by the janitor. It soon became the model
of the modern museum. – It was the first purposely built museum anywhere in the world, and now it is the oldest
museum in the world. – And it’s free I hear. – It’s free now. It wasn’t when the
Ashmolean opened in 1683. – [Karina] And what did it cost then? – Hard to say because
there was no entry charge. There was an exit charge instead. – So the longer you stayed inside, the more you paid on exit. – That’s right. – Very clever. The Eagle and Child Pub,
established in 1650, provides a look in to the creative space of some of the world’s greatest authors. – It was in this very room that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and a group of their friends
who were known as the inklings, used to meet to talk about
the books they were writing. – [Karina] For a breath of fresh air, explore the botanic garden. Founded almost 400 years ago, it’s home to more than
5,000 plant species. Or get out and experience
the city’s quaint waterways. I highly recommend an afternoon
of quietly punting along. Oxford is a city of many delights. We can’t wait to share them with you.