Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Trip to Oxford (Part 2)

On Wednesday morning we were up early, had breakfast in the restaurant, packed up again and headed back into Oxford. This time we drove to the nearest Park and Ride, parked the car and took the bus into the centre (and saved a small fortune in taxi and train fares!) We went one stop too far on the bus, however, and ended up at Oxford Castle - which we hadn't even known existed.
There were a couple of school/tour groups there while we had a look around.

This sculpture (?) was on top of the restaurant at the castle. It wasn't until I uploaded the photo on to the computer that I could actually make out all the detail in it.
Late on Tuesday afternoon we had decided to hop on one of the Open Top Bus sightseeing tours but didn't get to go the whole way round. I checked the tickets and saw they were valid for 24 hours so we decided to do the tour again on Wednesday. Fortunately the tour bus stopped near the castle so we were able to hop on and complete the rest of the tour before getting off in the centre again.

Most of the photos below show the skyline and the detail on the buildings. I loved the steeples, the weathervanes and the chimneys.

Look at all the detail on the buildings :)

I was so pleased these gargoyles came out clearly. I love the detail in the faces.

If I remember correctly these busts were on the fence posts around the Sheldonian Theatre
Bicycles at the station
And finally, the tour bus after we'd hopped off. After our tour we hit the shops again (especially the Cath Kidston store which was having a Sale).  The finally it was on to Christ Church College - but that deserves a post of it's own.