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An Oxford Walk: Magdalen Bridge to Pitt Rivers Museum

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Published September 20th 2013
A short walk to explore Oxford's most popular sights
Whether you are local or in Oxford for a visit, the following short walk will allow you to enjoy some of Oxford's most beautiful sights. At a slow pace the walk should take no more than 45 minutes.

View from Magdalen Bridge. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Starting from Magdalen Bridge and heading west along the High Street, you will pass the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, where traditional punts are available for rent, Magdalen College, and Magdalen Tower, which is one of the oldest buildings in the city (dating back to 1492).

Magdalen Tower. Photo by Erin Connelly.

For a small entrance fee, you can explore the University of Oxford Botanic Gardens not far from the bridge.

Botanic Gardens Entrance. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Continue walking along the High Street until you reach Merton Lane on the left side of the street. This cobble-stoned road will lead you away from the busy shops and traffic into the quiet academic atmosphere of Merton and Corpus Christi Colleges. Along this road, you can see the famous Logic Lane and enjoy beautiful cultivated landscape.

Photo by Erin Connelly

merton college, oxford
Photo by Erin Connelly.

Merton Chapel contains some of the oldest examples of stained glass windows, which date back to the 13th century. The glass was removed during the Reformation and thus was spared from destruction.

Past Corpus Christi College, Oriel Street will lead you back out to the High Street. Across the street is St Mary's Church.

Oriel Street. Photo by Erin Connelly.

St Mary's Church. Photo by Erin Connelly.

Follow St Mary's Passage along the side of the church, which will bring you straight to the Radcliffe Camera.

Radcliffe Camera. Photo by Erin Connelly.

When you're finished exploring the sights around the Camera (including Brasenose College) follow Catte Street to Parks Road, which passes the New Bodleian Library, Wadham College, Trinity College, the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum. The Pitt Rivers Museum holds the archaeological collection of the university and is accessed via the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum. Photo by Erin Connelly.

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Why? A short walk to explore Oxford's most popular sights.
When: Any time
Where: High Street, Oxford OX1
Cost: Free
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