Benedict le Vay delves into the medieval back alleys of this cultural gem and comes up with a fascinatingly fresh look at this city of contrasts. Behind the picturesque facade discover where batty Oxford dons and eccentric characters have lived, such as the Rev. Spooner, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Discover the hidden secrets of the "city of dreaming spires," and what buzzes on the more down-to-earth but ethnically vibrant east side. Visit great pubs where Inspector Morse or Bill Clinton enjoyed a pint, and learn how to punt in a stylish manner. Find out the answers to all those Oxford questions. When do naked students jump in the River Cherwell as Latin hymns are sung? Who does that gargoyle remind you of? Or why is a giant shark plunging into that man's house?
This guide features:
· Eccentric places to eat, covering a whole range of ethnic restaurants
· An Eccentric calendar detailing annual events, including oddball academic ceremonies
· Suggested walks incorporating eccentric highlights
· Nuts and bolts - the essentials of planning a visit and accommodations options for all budgets
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