Eccentric Oxford is fun. Itís also informative. The new eccentric guide from Bradt looks at Oxford from the practical point of view while discovering its fascinating odd bits. The cityís staid academic image is presented, but, at the same time, put in its place.
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Walks that incorporate various eccentricities are detailed along with helpful maps. Medieval back alleys and architecture are spotlighted. Annual eccentric events are highlighted in a calendar that includes unstuffy academic ceremonies.
Fans of Inspector Morse will be pleased to know they can follow his trail using this guide. Eating, shopping, and drinking in unusual places make up a chapter. Odd villages and curious places outside, but close to, Oxford make for an interesting day trip.
Traditional Oxford is not overlooked; its literary heritage is explored. You can learn how to punt on the river and read all about the colleges, albeit the information focuses on the weird and unusual dons.
The guide doesnít neglect the essentials of planning a visit. Places to eat and stay, pubs to enjoy, and museums to visit are all given their fair share of attention.
Like other Bradt guides, the size of this book is traveler friendly: lightweight and fitting in a pocket. Eccentric Oxford makes for fascinating dinner table conversation, as your reviewer discovered.
The author, Benedict le Vay, is a national newspaper sub-editor and the author of Eccentric Edinburgh
Bradt Travel Guides Ltd, UK
19 High St
Chalfont St Peter
Buckinghamshire, SL9 9QE
The Globe Pequot Press Inc, USA
246 Goose Lane, PO Box 480
Guilford, Connecticut 06437-0480
ISBN-10: 1 84162 106 4
ISBN-13: 978 1 84162 106 7
Published November 2004