Oxford is a bookish, conservative, and elite place, home of one of the world’s most famous universities. Thirty nine colleges actually make up the university. The largest of these is Christ Church College, and it is also the most popular. The college was founded in 1525 and has been the school of choice of Albert Einstein, John Locke, WH Auden, Lewis Carroll, and 13 British prime ministers. One of Oxford’s most beautiful colleges is Magdalen, set on 100 acres of lawns, woodlands, and river walks. The college also boasts the oldest botanic gardens in Britain, founded in 1621. Oxford’s Bodleian Library is one of the oldest public libraries in the world, and one of England’s three copyright libraries. It holds more than 7 million books on 118 miles of shelves can seat up to 2,500 readers. Just south of the library is the Radcliffe Camera, the quintessential Oxford landmark and one of its most photographed buildings. This circular library was built between 1737 and 1749 and boasts Britain’s third largest dome. For excellent views over Radcliffe Camera and the surrounding area, you can climb the 14th century tower in the beautiful Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Oxford is also home to Britain’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean. It houses all sorts of treasures like Egyptian, Islamic, and Chinese art as well as extensive displays of European art.