Explore Oxford city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Oxford's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Oxford's Ashmolean Museum was the first museum in the world to be opened to the public when it was officially opened in 1683. All over Oxford's buildings are gargoyles (technically 'grotesques' as these don't spout water) - some in the shape of faces, some animals, some entire people. Oxford was the country's capital city during the Civil War. Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England which is one of the reasons it was not bombed. Residents and natives of Oxford are known as Oxonians.
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1. Observatory Quarter to Saxon Tower - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From the Radcliffe Observatory this walk takes you along the modern Observatory Quarter, past ancient churches and stately Oxford Colleges to the world renowned, fabulous and unique Pitt Rivers Museum. See the pub much frequented by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, walk past colourful restaurants, a theatre, a vibrant open-air market, a broad street where martyrs were burnt, to finish at an 11th century Saxon Tower in the heart of the city.
2. Saxon Tower to Oxford Castle - 1 mile / 1.8 kms
Starting at a Saxon Tower you can climb, this walk takes you past the Oxford Union, many colleges and churches, and a busy pedestrian Square. Now walk alongside the delightful Castle Mill Stream, before immersing yourself in the Castle Quarter, with its bustling bars and restaurants, a striking castle mound, and the ruins of the castle itself with its towers, former prison, ancient crypts and stunning views.
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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"Yesterday my sister and I had a brilliant day in Oxford following the Town and Gown walk in your Curious About... Oxford book. We had a fantastic time, and it gave us an opportunity to look at new things we'd never noticed before in a very familiar city to us. Thank you."
Latest Revision : September 2023