Oxford is home to the oldest and most prestigious university in the English-speaking world. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city`s medieval center led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the `City of Dreaming Spires`. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views) to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell. The elegant honey-toned buildings of the university`s colleges, scattered throughout the city, wrap around tranquil courtyards along narrow cobbled lanes, and, inside their grounds, a studious calm reigns. Oxford offers besides historical sites and several good museums, a vibrant shopping and commercial area with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes.
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