For those of you that don't know Oxford University is slightly different to many Universities in as much as it comprises as many colleges (rather than just one) that create the whole university. Each college has it's own rich history and they all recruit for students individually. Many of them open up their grounds to the public, usually in the afternoons, and often for free. It means you can literally walk off of the street through an iron gate or heavy oak door and enter a different world. Of course if there is an event or maybe the filming of Lewis going on individual colleges maybe shut. When people find out I'm from Oxford they often ask me if it's really like you see on the TV on Inspector Morse or Lewis. I would say if you go looking for that Oxford you can easily find it. (Although thankfully with less murders!) The thing I find most amazing is I go shopping to Oxford on a regular basis and whilst it's not hard to recognise Oxford as you go up The High, it's very firmly Town. Take a walk through any college, University Parks, The University Museums, the Jericho area, Summertown or a host of city centre pubs and you are in the world of Inspector Morse/Lewis and firmly surrounded in the Oxford of the Gown. Even yesterday as I walked around Wadham College, Worcester College and University Parks I felt (as I always do in parts of Oxford) that I was in a different world.
I'll let you judge from the pictures if you think that Oxford really does look as you expect it to look
Keble College from Oxford University Parks
Wadham College Grounds
The Georgian part of Worcester College which faces the Medieval part.
Worcester College has its own lake!
The Georgian part of Worcester College - you can just spot the medieval bit to the right.
Apparently they intended to replace all the buildings but half way through ran short of funds so the older, existing college buildings survived replacement.
The Georgian bits maybe grander but I like the charm of the original buildings.
The light and rain wasn't great for pictures but more here.