Oxford or Cambridge

Aug 2nd, 1999, 10:16 AM
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Oxford or Cambridge

I will be in London on business in mid-August and am considering a weekend trip to Oxford or Cambridge. Does anyone have a preference? I would also appreciate any B&B suggestions for one or the other.
Aug 2nd, 1999, 10:40 AM
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We liked Oxford (not been to Cambridge yet, so I can't say it's better) because of the Asholean Museum (great ancient stuff and STRADIVARIUS and AMATI violins!). Anyway, Inspector Morse hangs out there....good pubs, interesting streets, a store that had all sorts of paints and brushes and pens and inks. We did it as a day trip from London, so I can't help with a B&B.
Aug 2nd, 1999, 11:25 AM
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Janna,I think both are well worth a vist.Cambridge however would be my preference.I think it is more scenic.You can try punting on the river Cam.Also check out the back room of a pub called the Eagle.The tourist office does an excellent walking tour with a local guide.Enjoy.
Aug 2nd, 1999, 11:54 AM
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This is another of those "light blue touchpaper, then retire question" but my vote would be for Cambridge.

Smaller, prettier, less of a city, so easier to see the colleges in amongst the normal city stuff. Nicer river, river has a better setting, less metropolitan.

Always stayed with friends so don't have a recommendation for B&B; sorry
Aug 2nd, 1999, 12:12 PM
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I have been to both and my vote is for Oxford. Can't explain why but we enjoyed Oxford a lot and felt dissapointed with Cambridge.
Aug 2nd, 1999, 05:06 PM
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Been to both, son studied at Oxford, but we prefer Cambridge for all of the above reasons. Stayed at the Univesity Arms, an old hotel, well located near Parker's Piece. Not a B&B however. I'm sure you'll find a nice one. Do take the guided walking tour at least to get an overview of the town and various colleges.
Aug 2nd, 1999, 08:28 PM
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Aug 2nd, 1999, 08:46 PM
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I have stayed at the Green Gables, 326 Abingdon Road, Oxford and would recommend it:

May 6th, 2000, 03:47 PM
Marc McClure
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Cambridge, definately but I am biased. I studied at the University for a year last year, and loved it. When I went to Oxford I found it full of traffic and dirty, but other than that it was nice.

In Cambridge we had a saying that I think works well... "Oxford is a city with a college in it, and Cambridge is a college with a city in it." Basically it just means that Oxford is larger and more of a city than smaller Cambridge, where the college is the central focus. There are tons of B&Bs. Try the Warkworth House on the opposite side of Parker's Piece on Warkworth Street (run by Mrs. Collins, a wonderful woman) Down the street is the El Shaddai another great B&B. Finally there is the Cricketer Pub, kitty corner to Warkworth street, where they house people up above the pub. They are all wonderful, real down to earth Cambridge places.
May 6th, 2000, 06:41 PM
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Haven't been to Oxford but Cambridge was a delight-punting down the river Cam in early June when the end of yr. parties were being held and watching the revelry on the college lawns, a great experience. Small and unhurried-ever so walkable, loved it.
May 8th, 2000, 06:28 PM
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I've been to both and my vote goes to Cambridge.
May 8th, 2000, 07:30 PM
Beth Y
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I vote Cambridge, for all the above reasons and another....Kings College Chapel. It is incredibly beautiful. Don't miss it. And there is an incredible Ruebens in the chapel too.
May 9th, 2000, 01:33 AM
john boots
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Cambridge, hands down. The ceiling of the chapel Kings College Cambridge is arguable the most beautiful in the world, with its delicate fan vaulting. If there were only one thing I could see on a trip to the UK that one ceiling would be worth the trip.

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