Cambridge vs. Oxford: the ultimate battle

The title kind of sounds more dramatic then I intended. This weekend I got back from my camping trip through England and Wales. I had a lovely time, and the weather was better than expected. I visited Cambridge, London, Windsor, Oxford, and Snowdonia NP. I’ve already been to Oxford many years ago, and remembered how incredibly beautiful I found the colleges. I was certain Cambridge couldn’t exceed those memories…

•••Cambridge•••

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… I was wrong! Cambridge surprised me, in many ways. Upon arrival I already noticed the grandeur, Cambridge seemed so big. It was surrounded by green meadows housed by cows, giving it a countryside feel. Heading towards King’s college, I stumbled upon one of my favorite things to do in a foreign city, a free walking tour! My guide was a freshly grad who walked us along the colleges and the backs, telling us true and less true stories and myths.

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The next day, I went inside of King’s College, probably the most famous college. Despite the fact that it is quite pricey, it was lovely to see the ceiling of the chapel, which is a true Gothic masterpiece. A bit silly really that it is intended for students. They are lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty, I wonder if it is ever distracting?

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I somehow managed to fill my entire day by strolling around and taking breaks along the Cam river (really there were more breaks than actual strolls). I passed along Trinity college, where nearby I ate some scones (again overpriced, but they are so good, I couldn’t resist).

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I ended my day in Jesus Green, one of the many green spots in the city. Even though Oxford was 7 or 8 years ago, I at that moment changed my mind, and Cambridge was considered prettier, cosier, greener….

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•••Oxford•••

…but then me and my family decided to revisit Oxford. With its ultimate contestant fresh in our minds, we made our way back to the Harry Potter courtyards once more. I noticed differences, one being the cities themselves. Cambridge (in first instance) felt bigger, but now I don’t really think it is. I feel like the different colleges of Oxford are more concentrated, while in Cambridge they seem to be more spread out over the city.

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great place to eat!

Oxford had lots of green as well, I noticed this walking through Christ Church meadow, as I made my way to the Thames river.

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Oxford is incredibly beautiful as well, both the cities and colleges seem to be very alike, yet they are quite different. I think I like Cambridge more as a city, and Oxford more as a university (as in the different colleges etc.). They each stand out in their own way. If you get what I mean?

Beautiful day in Oxford #oxford #uk #travel #shetravels #instatravel #instapassport

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So who wins the battle? for me personally Oxford has like a 5 percent advantage over Cambridge, what do you think?

 

36 thoughts on “Cambridge vs. Oxford: the ultimate battle

  1. I haven’t been to Oxford, but I absolutely adored Cambridge when I went back in March! Fella grew up in Cambridge, so he showed me around pointing out all the spots he frequented when he was little. I can’t wait to go back one day and explore the city some more. 🙂

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  2. They’re both interesting and aesthetically pretty, though having been to both, I’d also say Oxford is just slightly nicer! I can’t put my finger on why though…

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  3. I’ve been to Oxford 7 years ago but it was not for very long. I did love the buildings though. I am planning on possibly going to Cambridge for a day trip from London in November but haven’t been before. It will be interesting to do a comparison though 🙂

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