I first traveled to Oxford through a UC Berkeley travel program in 1996 in which I studied Arthurian legends at Worcester. I was looking for a travel destination that was less about fun in the sun and more about fun in the brain. I had never been outside the United States and so I was very nervous about where to go and what I'd do when I go there. As a single tourist, traveling as part of a "class" seemed ideal to me; accomodations and meals were factored into the price of the experience, there would be people waiting for me when I arrived who'd notice if I was missing, there would be an itinerary set up by experts and there would be the possibility of making some new, like-minded friends. And yes, plenty to stimulate the brain!
I didn't know much about Oxford before I arrived and nothing could have prepared me for what I found when I got there. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, particularly if you happen to be there around sunset when all the buildings turn a glowing gold color.
The city is rich with history and culture, there are references to famous literary works everywhere and it's also a very COMFORTABLE place to stay.
I've been back to Oxford three times over the last several years and I never get tired of it. I've listed just a small portion of the delights the city has to offer in the hope that it will inspire a future traveler to seek out this wonderful, subdued destination.