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Oxford is a fascinating city to explore on foot, with its world-famous university, beautiful architecture, rich history and iconic movie locations.
This walk takes in some of Oxford’s most treasured and popular sights, including the Bridge of Sighs (not to be confused with its namesakes in Cambridge and Venice), the 18th century Radcliffe Camera building and the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. You’ll pass prestigious university colleges, great pubs and enjoy stunning views of the ancient spires and domes that make up Oxford’s historical skyline.
Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be keen to catch a glimpse of some of the movie franchise’s famous filming locations, which include New College, Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library that doubled up as the library at Hogwarts.
The famous Lamb & Flag pub at St John’s College (once best-known for hosting bare-knuckle fights) also appeared in Inspector Morse, while the entire city is recognised as the birthplace of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
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You’ll finish near the city’s historic indoor market, which dates back to the 1770s and is the perfect place to unearth local foods, drink and crafts before heading home.
This route was voted 99th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A short but hugely varied and enjoyable walk that explores the history, heritage and architecture of one of the world’s most famous cities.