Oxford’s Bodleian Library is one of the oldest public libraries in the world, the first of England’s three copyright libraries (the...
New Bodleian Library
Designed in 1938 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect responsible for the Battersea Power Station and the iconic red telephone box...
Bridge of Sighs
This tiny old-world place – Oxford’s smallest pub – was a favourite retreat for TV detective Inspector Morse, and it can get pretty...
Lonely Planet review
The monumental Sheldonian Theatre, built in 1663, was the first major work of Christopher Wren, at that time a professor of astronomy. Inspired by the classical Theatre of Marcellus in Rome, it has a rectangular front end and a semicircular back, while the ceiling of the main hall is blanketed by a fine 17th-century painting of the triumph of truth over ignorance. What’s remarkable about the ceiling is its length, made possible by ingenious braces made of shorter timbers for want of trees adequate in length. The Sheldonian is now used for college ceremonies and public concerts, but you can climb to the cupola for good views of the surrounding buildings.