As it transpired the bicycle sign warning proved to be prophetic. The tour was not very good. But that was through no fault of the tour guide.
Oxford University is made up of 38 (?) individual Colleges. Each has their own residences, lecture halls, libraries and professors. And each is reached through some sort of gate that opens on the public roads.
If you look at the sign you will see that it states "Exeter College Open Day." Open Day is when prospective students and their parents can visit the colleges. Unfortunately, on those days the colleges are not open to the public. Our tour guide told us that the Colleges are closed only two or three days out of the year and I happened to have booked for one of those days.
It was unfortunate because by all accounts it is very beautiful inside the Colleges but we simply were not allowed to enter.
And of the cities that we visited Oxford would rank at the lowest in terms of beauty. Of course, much of it is mediaeval and cannot compare with Georgian or Victorian architecture. Still, it would have been nice to see what its proponents say are the prettiest parts of Oxford.
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