Mark’s Midweek Magnet – Oxford – A Quick Walk Amongst The Dreaming Spires


A very different magnet for your perusal this week. It is shaped like an eraser, but is made of hard plastic. Ironically this fridge magnet is from years ago and we did not actually go to the scene depicted on the front, as we were in a rush to make an afternoon brewery tour.

SAM_2529This day trip was from Guildford by train to Oxford, then a bus to the Wychwood brewery in Witney. A friend and I booked the solitary 2pm Friday tour for £7.50. There are regular tours on a Saturday or Sunday as well that need to be booked well in advance, as they are very popular. There appears to be a limit of 12 people per tour, as the brewery is fairly compact.

A map of the area of Oxford we strolled around, showing the ‘Four Candles’ pub mentioned below.,-1.262278,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4876c6a4575dba9d:0x5a7f317013a291c7

Exiting from Oxford rail station we followed the blue pedestrian/bus sign towards Frideswide Square. Turn left into the main road (Hythe Bridge Street) and follow over a river bridge to some traffic lights. Slightly right is George Street, we went along this street and then saw the ‘Four Candles’ Wetherspoons, and suddenly got thirsty. Funny that, eh? After a quick pint, virtually next door is the University of Oxford History Faculty, this is one of the few colleges where no public access is allowed. This is a ‘borrowed’ image from so the time is wrong.


From the History Faculty we walked along George Street in the same direction as before, at a road junction, straight ahead is Broad Street. As you enter Broad Street, there are bicycles galore chained up to a plethora of bike racks. Welcome to Balliol College, and the start of the avoid the bicycles from every direction in Oxford game. Good luck with that, btw.


Directly opposite is the The Sheldonian Theatre, The Clarendon Building and The Bodleian Library complex.


In the photo above the entrance to this complex of buildings is bottom left of the image. When you enter the courtyard, this is the view looking back at the Sheldonian Theatre below, with the gate just entered on the right.


Adjacent to the left of the Sheldonian theatre is the Clarendon Building. Google maps shows the layout of this area.,-1.254488,3a,75y,72.17h,90.04t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1soIrX_50vTHUAAAQJOFaA-Q!2e0!3e11!4m2!3m1!1s0x48713380adc41faf:0xc820dba8cb547402

And to the right of the above is Oxford’s version of ‘The Bridge of Sighs’, this connects two parts of Hertford College.


Turn 90 degrees to the right again to enter the arched entrance of the Bodleian Library.


Google maps has a far better representation than our flat images.,-1.254339,3a,75y,281.91h,110.97t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sHvqdtDznazYAAAAGOrcRew!2e0!3e11!4m2!3m1!1s0x48713380adc41faf:0xc820dba8cb547402


Directly opposite where you entered the library is the exit to one the most popular attractions in Oxford, The Radcliffe Camera.

Radcliffe Camera and The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin.


Radcliffe Camera and Codrington Library.


A Google map view of Radcliffe Camera and everything surrounding it.,-1.254152,3a,75y,355.08h,103.94t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sQekPBxi0M5EAAAAAAACITw!2e0!3e11!4m2!3m1!1s0x48713380adc41faf:0xc820dba8cb547402

And the interior of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin.,-1.253896,3a,75y,344.51h,112.96t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s7XiRmxwnflAAAAAGOx7nHQ!2e0!3e11!4m2!3m1!1s0x48713380adc41faf:0xc820dba8cb547402

Walk to the left of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin, and you enter Castle Street. Walk to the main road  (High Street) Looking back at Castle street from High Street.,-1.253251,3a,75y,335.2h,107.67t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sjlk2p9KZ43MgTntjPuO0Gw!2e0

Walk along by The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin until Turf Street on your right. The pink Mitre pub is on the corner.

The High Street facade of The University Church Of St Mary The Virgin


We followed Turf Street back to Baillol College, as we knew our bus stop was close by for Witney and the Wychwood brewery from there. Wychwood Brewery will be a feature in the future at some point.

Oxford deserves more of your time than a couple of hours rushing about as a time killer as we did. Do as we plan to do, and give one of the most beautiful cities in the UK the time and attention it deserves.

Thanks for reading.



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