Eccentric Oxford Travel Guide

This new release of Ben le Vay’s enthusiastic and flippant manual for one of the best English urban communities has been refreshed and extended to incorporate significantly additional engaging stories. There is a more regular citizen/non-scholastic unconventionality, there is more neighbourhood history, and there’s an especially captivating piece of military history about Oxford that even numerous local people have never known about. Have 16 ounces in the brilliant focal Oxford bar garden where Bill Clinton didn’t breathe in strange backy, and television’s Controller Morse brought down his pints. Walk around the school quads and groups where pioneers behind a few US states, American progressives and US High Court judges contemplated. In any case, the best part is that figure out how to dropkick like an honorable man in our diverting manual for this weird strategy for transport!

Dreaming towers, honeyed stone, cycling wears … disregard all that traveller nonsense, says Benedict le Vay. Figure out the mysteries the universities don’t maintain that you should be aware, within track on the best bars and eating places, the embarrassment and tattle about nutty teachers and disreputable understudies over a significant time span, the splendid tales about the incredible, the great and the terrible. With eight guides and a blend of variety and highly contrasting delineations and photos, this is the fundamental manual for taking you past ordinary sights. William Morris called Oxford ‘an ideal gem’ of a city; Benedict le Vay goes looking for the quirkier pearls among its middle age back rear entryways. Here wander wacko wears, asinine understudies, barmy blue-bloods and political troublemakers. Who does that beast help you to remember? For what reason is a shark diving into that man’s home? When do understudies bounce barely into the Waterway Cherwell as Latin songs are sung? How would you control a dropkick without looking like an idiot?• Where to gobble an extraordinary cook in a special setting• Where to find an odd museum• Schedule of yearly capricious events press recognition for le Vay’s past Bradt Whimsical aides: ‘Magnificently barmy’, ‘a definitive aide’, ‘An unquestionable requirement’, ‘Unendingly captivating’, ‘Quite possibly of the best’.


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Things to Do in Oxford

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The Randolph Hotel

The Randolph Hotel, situated in the heart of Oxford, stands as a distinguished landmark of the city, attracting guests from around the world.

Westgate Oxford

Westgate Oxford

Westgate Oxford has more than 100 stores featuring prestigious luxury brands and beloved high-street choices.

Barefoot Jericho - Cakes in Oxford

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The Cake Shop

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Museums & Art Galleries

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Antiques on High

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Historical Places

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24-26 Cornmarket Street. Image courtesy of Chuca Cimas.

24-26 Cornmarket Street, Oxford

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Parks & Meadows

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Crocodiles of the World: The UK's Only Crocodile Zoo

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