One of my days in London was taken up by a visit to Oxford. It was a quaint little town steeped in history and tradition. While London felt like a modern metropolis, Oxford instantly transported me back hundreds of years with its cobblestone streets and looming spires.
Of course while in Oxford, a visit to the world-famous university is a must. But that post is coming up next! For now, enjoy these pics of the picturesque town that will hopefully transport you back in time as well…
Well here’s a fun fact: when C.S. Lewis taught at Oxford, he stepped out on a cold, snowy winter day and saw that lamp post in the pic above – which inspired the Chronicles of Narnia series!
And close by was this decorative piece that became the inspiration for – you guessed it – Mr. Tumnus!
Right next to “Mr. Tumnus” was the face of Aslan. All of this was so exciting to me as I was a fan of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe since elementary school.
I forget what this building was called, but I do know that it was where the infirmary in the Harry Potter movies was filmed!
I tried to peep through the keyhole, but there wasn’t a whole lot that I could see…
Okay, here’s a secret: the telephone box outside of Westminster Abbey didn’t have a phone in it. So here’s take two, at Oxford, with a working telephone.
The building in the pic below is called Radcliffe Camera (where I later learned that “camera” means “room” in Latin). I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous after finding out that it was a library that students could freely use. What a place.
As I was wandering, I saw a sign in front of University Church of St. Mary that invited visitors in to see a spectacular view of Oxford for free. Sounded a little suspicious at first, but what have I got to lose? NOTHING. Especially not after seeing this:
Holy smokes. And I got to see Oxford from all directions:
I could really appreciate visiting Oxford, but I think it would have been too small of a town for me if I went for university (assuming I could get in, ha). It certainly had its charms, though, especially with the Harry Potter connections (even more to come in the next post!). 🙂
Have you ever been to Oxford? What did you like the most?
Thanks for reading!