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Oxford

One of England’s most spectacular cities.

IT’S ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ENGLISH CITIES IN THE WORLD, AND IT’S GOT SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS, PLUS LOTS, LOTS MORE.

First stop on your tour of Oxford has to be the Ashmolean Museum. The museum is the oldest public museum in Britain. Part of it was built in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities Elias Ashmole gave Oxford University in 1677. The collection now includes thousands of interesting things, including works by French artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Renoir, and ancient Egyptian mummies. It also has the Alfred Jewel dating from the time of King Alfred (849- 899), with a reference to Alfred carved on it.

Elias Ashmole
Ashmolean Museum

One of the most photographed buildings in Oxford is the Bodleian Library. The Library is not open to the public but part of the building, the Divinity School (built 1427–83), can be visited. Both the Library and the Divinity School have been used as film locations in Harry Potter movies. It’s the main research library of the University of Oxford, and it’s one of the oldest libraries in Europe. In the UK, it’s second in size only to the British Library. It’s known to Oxford scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (191) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to negotiate in English. Find out how to respond to a proposal and get the best deal possible. Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about drinks, 10 expressions for describing “stupid” people, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • The environment – edible plates. • Business – team building. • Speaking – making small talk. • Grammar – the present perfect with “since” and “for”. • Business skills – negotiation quotes. • Social English – the wedding. • Cinema – famous film scenes. • Literature – Alice in Wonderland. • Celebrities – Helena Bonham Carter. • Travel – Oxford. • Animals – whales. • Food – spaghetti recipe. • Accents – the Dutch English accent. • History – La Sagrada Familia. • Language – portmanteau. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!