The Oxford Radcliffe Camera is one of the city’s most iconic sites. In order to help you with your visit, we’ve put together this Radcliffe Camera Ultimate Guide. Enjoy!
The Radcliffe Camera is a building of Oxford University, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737-49. It is perhaps the most iconic building in the whole of Oxford, leading to many tourists assuming it must be a town hall.
It’s actually a library, with three floors full of books and gorgeous spiral staircases winding up to the top gallery. The library is deeper than it is tall, with a massive underground chamber beneath it called the Gladstone Link in which many texts are housed. You can’t take a book out of the Gladstone Link, leading to many students disappearing down into the dark, windowless space for days.
Unfortunately, since the Radcliffe camera is a working library full of stressed out students, it isn’t accessible to visitors. However, you can find out even more about this stunning building on our amazing Oxford Walking Tour. Click below to find out more about Footprints’ Oxford Walking Tour!
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You can find out more information of this site, and some of the most iconic sites in the city, on our free Oxford Walking Tour!
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