Oxford could not be in a better location for discovering and visiting places in England and the UK.
- There are many places of cultural and historical interest near Oxford such as Blenheim Palace and ancient sites at Rollright and White Horse Hill.
- Great shopping at Bicester Village.
- London – coaches depart and return from Oxford every 10 – 15mins and hourly through the night
- Other interesting cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol
- Trips to stunning countryside such as the Cotswolds or the Ridgeway or beautiful beaches and coastlines are within easy reach.
There are so many places to visit on your weekend or during your school holiday. Such as Blenheim Palace (Birthplace of Winston Churchill) or maybe seeing what life was really like ’below stairs’ in one of the grandest stately homes in England, or how about a day out at Woodlands Park (South West UK Attraction).
The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum. The older partner in this merger, the University Art Collection, was based for many years in what is now the Upper Reading Room in the Bodleian Library. The collection began modestly in the 1620s with a handful of portraits and curiosities displayed in a small room on the upper floor. In 1636 and 1657, Archbishop Laud and Ralph Freke added notable collections of coins and medals, later installed in a strong room of their own and now incorporated into the Ashmolean coin collection. The objects of curiosity included Guy Fawkes’ lantern and a sword said to have been given by the pope to Henry VIII, both now in the Ashmolean, as well as a number of more exotic items, including Jacob’s Coat of Many Colours, long since lost. However, as there was a museum for curiosities of this kind in the University Anatomy Theatre, objects like this tended to go there or to the Ashmolean, after it opened in 1683, leaving the Bodleian gallery to develop as a museum of art.
Blenheim Palace is a huge resource for a wide variety of education uses, available to any education group, national and international. This includes Pre-school, School and Youth Groups, Colleges and Universities, Language Schools and School Language Exchanges. The wide range of resources, not only in the Palace but also in the Gardens, Park and Estate provides equally for the National Curriculum and for general interest and leisure visits or for any combination of these. A well targeted and demanding National Curriculum visit can be attractively complemented by use of our leisure facilities. Teachers are encouraged to take a wide view in exploring the possibilities at Blenheim, across many subjects and levels, for the full range 3-18 years and beyond. The Blenheim Education Service is now in its thirty-third year and is led by the Head of Education, Mrs Karen Wiseman. Members of the Education Department are available to lead or support any type of educational visit.