Ashmolean Museum

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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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    Curious About... Oxford 2

  • An exploration of Oxford's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures. There is also an Oxford 1.
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  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Oxford in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... Oxford 2

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes. (There is also an Oxford 1)

1. Carfax Tower to Ashmolean Museum - 1.75 miles / 2.8 kms

Starting at the tower of a 13th century church, this walk makes its way through a spectacular indoor market, before emerging into an historic street bounded by stunning buildings - including a 17th century theatre designed by Christopher Wren, ancient colleges, and a 19th century bookshop. From here you pass some unusual museums, more delightful colleges, and quirky shops, before finishing at the world-renowned Ashmolean Museum
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2. Ashmolean Museum to Oxford Castle - 1 mile / 1.8 kms

From the Ashmolean you pass a number of restaurants and theatres, after traversing a market square. From here to the famous Oxford Union, venue to many historic debates, before passing a selection of churches and chapels. Down an ancient alleyway to Nuffield College, before walking beside the pleasant Castle Mill Stream, with the Old Lion Brewery in the distance. Finally you end your journey, outside the historic Oxford Castle.
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The Booklet
Oxford 2 Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


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Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 or 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Oxford).
    Let us know one interesting fact you discovered along the route of each walk (this provides proof that you did it).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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What People are Saying!

"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"

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