| Oxford and Blenheim
Oxford, the University City, embraces 39
These Colleges, though independent and self-governing, represent,
in essence, the body structure of the University City of Oxford.
These are available for tourists to visit and tours are conducted
on a regular basis. The most frequented of all being Christchurch
The University City of Oxford has a reputation of having
been going for over 900 years, as a continuous University,
without interruptions, with Colleges increasing steadily in
number since its foundation, c1096 and developing rapidly
from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending
the University of Paris.
Balliol and Merton Colleges, established between 1249 and
1264, are the oldest.
In 1530, Henry VIII forced Oxford University to accept his
divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
From 1878, academic halls were established for women, who
became members of the University in 1920. Since 1974, all
but one of Oxford's 39 Colleges have changed their statutes
to admit both men and women. St Hilda's remains the only women's
The Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, The University
Church, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (founded
in 1683, was the first museum in Britain to be open to the
public and is one of the oldest museums in the world), The
Sheldonian Theatre and many other Architectural buildings
of great interest.
In leaving this wonderful City behind, a few miles further
North we arrive at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir
In 1304, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough won a great
allied battle against
the armada of Louis XIV and Queen Anne rewarded him by building,
at her own expense, The Royal Manor of Woodstock to be called
Blenheim Palace. But sadly the money never arrived………..
This Royal Palace is well worth a visit. Kept to its original
state, the three apartments interconnecting between the Saloon
and Long Library are known as the First, Second and Third
State Rooms. Also, originally designed as a picture gallery,
the 55 metre long room displays some of the finest stucco
ceiling decoration within the Palace.
The Grounds are vast and cared for in the best of English
tradition : the Arboretum, Rose Gardens, Diana's Temple, the
Cascade, there is so much to see.
Because these are individual tours, (up to 16 persons), the
minibuses used for these is far more versatile than the usual
large and cumbersome coaches, so we can take you to see places
where otherwise many tourists undoubtedly miss out.
One other great advantage is that we can stop anywhere you
choose rather than the pre-arranged, obligatory stops tourists
have to do when in larger groups.
The tour will last approximately 8 and half hours departing
from your Hotel at 09.00 returning to the hotel by 17.30.
Price on application.
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