Oxford: A Melange of
Magic, Myth and Martyrs
Magdalen Tower - Photo:
It's not just Matthew Arnold's "sweet spires"
that dream in Oxford.
As soon as you set foot in the town you find
yourself slipping into the same kind of
altered consciousness that presumably invoked
his lyrical poem, Thyrsis.
In spite of shoppers, students and a healthy
influx of tourists, there is a hint of surreal
magic lurking in the air -- which may account
for the proliferation of fantasy writers that
have found inspiration amongst the myths,
legends and bloody turbulence that make up
Oxford's kaleidoscopic past.
Broad Street, Oxford
Tel: 01865 277299
The Sheldonian is the first major work by Sir
Christopher Wren, designed when he was Professor
of Astronomy at Oxford. Built between 1664 and
1669 in the shape of a Roman theatre, the
Sheldonian is used as Oxford University's
ceremonial hall and for concerts and public
lectures. The theatre's 17th-century painted
ceiling is of particular interest. There are
excellent views of the spires of Oxford from the
Science Oxford Live
Science Oxford, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4
Tel: 01865 728953
Prices: £3 for everyone
Opening hours: Every day, 10:00 -
5:00. During local school holidays Hands-On is
open Monday to Saturday (please call to confirm
opening hours on Bank Holidays).
term-time science oxford live is available for school
bookings and on Sundays
and after school the gallery can be booked for
science birthday parties. Hands-On is a new science gallery packed with
loads of exciting interactive
experiments. In addition, Hands-On has a
changing menu of themed
activities. Science Oxford is adjacent to St
Clements Street, at the foot of Headington
Hill. Take the Park & Ride bus number 400
towards Thornhill from the train
station or local buses from the city centre.
There is a public car park
nearby just off The Plain roundabout.
Recommended age 5-12 years.