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Oxford University
  Oxford University – Visiting the colleges and Bodleian Library at Oxford University is a "must do," but the colleges seem uneasy about kids in the quadrangle. The first college we visited (with two boys), the warden said, "Lads, don't run on the grass and remember, people are working, so silence please."
    Bodleian Library appears in the Harry Potter movie as Hogwarts dining room and library. The Great Hall of Christ Church College “is” Hogwarts School, a pleasure that sure to make young eyes sparkle. There’s a double literary thrill to coming here: Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland while looking out these windows.
    Climb up the tower at St. Mary's Church for a glorious view of the dreaming spires of Oxford. And, the café at St. Mary's has luscious desserts to go with a cup of tea.
Punts on Cherwell
  Boating on the Cherwell and Thames – Punting is a favorite pastime of undergraduates at Oxford and quite relaxing. Rent a punt, or better yet, a pedal boat that looks like a punt at the Magdalen Bridge and glide down the River Cherwell to the Thames.
    Blackwell's Bookstores – Browse one of Oxford's oldest and most famous bookstores, Blackwell's. There's not only Blackwell's flagship store, but a separate shop, Children's Blackwell's, also on Broad Street.
Alice's Shop (St. Aldate's) – Walk into this shop and you're stepping into The Old Sheep Shop in Through the Looking-Glass. A shop since the 1830's, Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, came in to buy her sweets here. Today, you can pick up Alice souvenirs, and afterwards, have your own tea party in the tea room.
Museums – If it starts to rain, duck into any of the fascinating museums in Oxford.
      The Ashmolean Museum has an excellent collection of ancient gold coins and old jewels such The Alfred Jewel, inscribed with the words, "Alfred ordered me to be made."
      The Museum of the History of Science has Einstein's blackboard and other scientific apparatus.
      See the stuffed Dodo bird at the University Museum of Natural History. The adjacent Pitt Rivers Museum of native art and culture has South Pacific treasures brought back by Captain Cook.
Christ Church Meadow and Magdalen Grove Deer Park – Out beyond the colleges are the green open spaces of Christ Church Meadow and Deer Park.
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Lyra's Oxford
 
Lyra's Oxford
Philip Pullman

This small book is the perfect introduction to Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials trilogy. Follow Lyra through Oxford streets as she searches for the alchemist scholar, followed by flocks of birds. Already read the trilogy? On the fold-out map, you'll know where you are. (Chapter book, fold-out map)

 

     
I Was a Rat!
Philip Pullman

When we visited Oxford, we stopped into a children's bookstore. When I asked about books written by Oxford authors, this is what they suggested. A humorous, up-side-down fairy tale and a delightful read by Phillip Pullman.(Chapter book)

 

 
I Was a Rat!
  Editor's note: What is it about Oxford? Is it something in the air – whatever it is, Oxford has been home to some of our best-loved authors – Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman.
(More children's books on other England pages)
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