Oxford: Home to the oldest University in England
While Oxford is nowhere near the largest city in England, it is one of the most prestigious. Mainly because it is home to Oxford University, which is the oldest university in the English speaking world. Located just one hundred twenty odd miles from King’s Lynn, home of the first Medusa Juice Vape Shop, it’s an easy and scenic drive to get loaded up on all of your favourite e-liquids and equipment. It’s one forty-seven miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough so if you can, take a tour of both. Enjoy a hot coffee or tea while you’re there and take advantage of all of the fantastic in-store deals they have daily.
Oxford is also a great place to see every type of English architecture dating back to the Saxon times. So, if you appreciate architecture, you won’t want to miss out on taking a good look around the city. Whatever your particular passion is, there’s something there to satisfy it in Oxford. The city is often called “City of Dreaming Spires”.
The city of dreaming spires
Oxford was established as a city which rose up around the river used to cross oxen around 900 AD. In the 10th century, Oxford was an important military town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. Oxford was heavily damaged during the Norman invasion in 1066 and Oxford Castle was built as a reminder of the Norman rule over the city. Oxford University is first mentioned in 12th century records. In 1517, the sweating sickness devastated half of the city’s population along with Cambridge’s as well.
During the English Civil War in 1642, Oxford housed the court of Charles I, after the king was expelled from London. Later, in 1665-66, it housed the court of Charles II during the great plague of London. Oxford suffered two serious fires, first in 1644 and then again in 1671.
Oxford Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare in 1893 and was officially opened by the future King Edward VII in 1897. World War I saw the population change in Oxford. This was mainly due to Oxford University students, staff and fellows enlisted. By the early 20th century Oxford experienced rapid industrial and population growth. Both the printing and publishing industries were well established by the 1920s. The twenties also saw William Morris establish Morris Motors Limited and by the 1970s, Morris Motors and Pressed Steel Fisher were the largest employers in the area.
The Germans ignored Oxford
The Germans largely ignored Oxford during the Second World War, probably because of the lack of significant manufacturing industry such as shipbuilding or steelworks. Whatever the reason, it helped to ensure the preservation of the city and university.
As I mentioned earlier, Oxford has some very interesting architecture and some fine examples of this are the Bodleian Library, Magdalen College, Sheldonian Theatre, Radcliffe Camera, Weston Library, Carfax Tower, Oxford Town Hall, Rhodes House, Taylor Institute, Clarendon Building and St Michael at the Northgate. Any or all of these are worth a visit.
Other points of interest are Oxford Castle, Bridge of Sighs, Iffley Lock, Headington Shark, Tom Tower and Arts at the Old Fire Station.
Some noteworthy historic sites are Christ Church, The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga, Sandford Lock, Logic Lane and Ravenglass. There’s also two monuments you may wish to visit, Martyr’s Memorial and Holy Trinity Church Headington Quarry. These are all great places to visit while vaping your favourite flavours of Medusa Juice e-liquids as well.
If you enjoy tours, you can take several while visiting Oxford and whether it be historic or a television tour, you can get your fill here at Wander Oxford Walking Tours, Cotswold Exploring, Oxford City Walks and Oxford Photo Tour. There’s all sorts of tours to be taken and some of the others you may enjoy are Oxford River Tours, College Cruisers, The Oxford Balloon Tours, Virgin Balloon Flights, The Gyrocopter Experience and Andy Grey Fly Fishing. So, as you can see, there’s tours on land, air and water for you to enjoy in Oxford.
There’s no shortage of parks and gardens to see while visiting here as well and some of these are Oxford University Parks, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford Canal, Port Meadow, Exeter College, South Park, War Memorial Garden, and Spindleberry Nature Park.
If you need a little retail therapy while in town, you can try Oxford Covered Market, Fudge Kitchen, Blackwell, Alice’s Shop, Oxford Thursday Market, Gilt and Grain, Westgate Oxford, Cornmarket St., The Oxford Cheese Company and Fairtrade at St Michaels.
Art for art’s sake
n the museum and art gallery area, you have Aidan Meller Gallery, Zuleika Gallery, Oxford Union Murals, O3 Gallery and Antiques On High. Shop ‘til you drop at any of these and then go visit some of the museums like Pitt Rivers Museum, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, The Story Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Modern Art Oxford, Bate Collection and Museum of Oxford.
There’s lots to do as a family in Oxford as well and the Oxford Aqua Park is a great way to spend a day out. There’s also escape rooms, cinemas and bowling alleys to be found. Some of those include Exciting Game, The Race Hut, Laser Kombat Oxford, The Ultimate Picture Palace, Phoenix Picturehouse, High Ropes Oxford and Hinksey Outdoor Pool. There’s also Karting Oxford, CS Lewis Community Nature Reserve, Oxford Ice Rink and Bowlplex and Hollywood Bowl Oxford. You can find plenty to do both indoor and out while staying in Oxford, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do everything you want to do.
Other than that…
Whatever else you do while visiting Oxford, leave yourself time to go to one of the three Medusa Juice Vape Shops located in King’s Lynn, Peterborough and Norwich. You won’t regret the drive and be sure to sign up for the latest competitions they have going on for a chance to win some awesome gear, e-liquids and clothing.