Oxford for a short break

I have just returned from a lovely 3 day break in Oxford.

I recommend you try the Jurys Inn Hotel which is about 15 minutes ride on a bus, or less in a car from Magdalen Street in Town. www.jurysinns.com/hotels/oxford  There are of course many other hotels you can stay at.

We visited

  1. The University of Oxford Natural History Museum http://www.oum.ox.ac.ukThe Museum is an important centre for research and teaching, and is organised into Life Collections, Earth Collections, and Archival Collections.Search collections online: The Museum aims to make its collections as accessible as possible. To search the Museum’s online databases select the subject link from the menu on the left, and then select databases.We have recently launched a new unified Collections Online website. At present it holds the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), the minerals, and the archives. We will continue to migrate data from our existing online databases to the new site.Scientific enquiries: every year hundreds of rocks, fossils and other finds are identified by our team of curators and scientists. If you have found anything of interest, bring it along on your next visit to the Museum.Important note: the Museum does not condone any illegal action, including the collection of birds’ eggs, trapping live animals or unauthorised work in quarries.

    Nuffield Research Placements
    The Museum hosts Nuffield Research Placements in our Life and Earth collections in the fields of zoology, entomology and geology. Projects cover a wide range of disciplines from collections based curation and research to insect ecology and ecosystem services. Previous project titles include “Darwin’s Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections”, “Burchell’s African Insect Collection” and “Dung Beetle ecology”. All our Nuffield Research Placements take place through Science Oxford.

  2. The mound at Oxford Castle
    • SCALE the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle. tickets were £1 for entrance to this, obtainable from the ticket office for the Oxford Castle Unlocked tour.  The tour is quite expensive and you are guided round by actors, we didn’t do this, but it could be an idea if it rains.
  3. The University of Oxford Science Museum   Of top interest to radio enthusiasts will  enjoy the exhibition of Marconi and other old radio gear in the basement.MHS houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. We are both a department of the University of Oxford and an active public museum, offering a programme of family-friendly events, gallery tours, table talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools.For an introduction to the Museum and its collections, come along to one of our regular tours. Led by our award-winning volunteer guides, they usually take place every Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.15pm and every Saturday at 12.30pm and 1.15pm.For those unable to come to Oxford we produce online versions of our exhibitions, along with standalone online resources and a web version of our collections database. For the latest additions to this site you can subscribe to our newsfeed.http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
  4. The University of Oxford Botanical Garden

    The Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission To promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature. In the almost 400 years since then, although many people and plants have been involved in the history of the Garden, we continue to educate as many people as possible about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants around the world and to support teaching and research at the University and beyond.

    Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, glasshouses that take you around the World or simply relax in the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain. The Botanic Garden is the most compact, yet diverse collection of plants in the World right in the heart of the city centre and is open throughout the year for you to visit and enjoy.

    Important change to our opening times:
    From 6th February 2017 the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum will both be closed on Monday mornings, opening at 12:00pm. This is to enable our horticulturalists to carry out important work, and to provide time for staff training. This does not apply during the following months: June, July, August. During these months Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum will open on Monday mornings.


You will see a quick view of pictures I took whilst in Oxford this weekend.  If you want to see a picture for longer try hitting the pause button on the You Tube Video ,thank you.


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