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The city of dreaming spires.

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The romantic scholarly buildings are merely the backdrop upon which to create an exciting stay.

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There is no doubt that the architecture and the traditions embedded within the walls of the Oxford colleges make the city an inspirational place to study.

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The skyline has a magical quality that makes even the most hurried tourist stand still for a moment.

It was the poet Matthew Arnold who first described Oxford as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ in 1865, and the epithet has stuck ever since.

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It was the poet Matthew Arnold who first described Oxford as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ in 1865, and the epithet has stuck ever since. Arnold was a professor of poetry at the university when he penned it, depicting the panorama of turrets and pinnacles seen from Boars Hill, southwest of the city. Seen from here or any one of the other viewpoints around the outskirts of the city, or by climbing a tower in the centre, the skyline has a magical quality that makes even the most hurried tourist stand still for a moment. It’s like seeing the Duomo in Florence for the first time or the plan of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe.

Caroline Mills

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