Some of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the UK are home to universities, many of which have a rich history dating back hundreds of years. These learning institutes are also home to sundry places of interest that are open to the public such as museums, libraries and gardens.
The UK is home to 116 universities the large majority of which are located in England, and most of them have not just great academic reputations but also wonderful buildings and services. Some universities offer summer sport and activity camps for children aged between 3 and 17. These include arts and craft activities or sports coaching at places such as the University of Leeds, Nottingham University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
The oldest university in the English speaking world is the University of Oxford, which is thought to have been established back in the 11th century. As well as being one of the most prestigious universities in the world it is also home to numerous places of interest and great importance. For example, the botanic garden here is the oldest of its type in Britain and houses the most diverse collection of plants in the world.
There are a number of significant museums located at Oxford University including the University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum and The Museum of the History of Science. The latter is housed in the world’s oldest surviving purpose built museum building. There are many other interesting buildings located here as well as the marvellous colleges and the city itself.
When we talk about Oxford University it would be remiss not to think about Cambridge University given the great rivalry between the two, especially in the annual boat race on the River Thames. As with Oxford the University buildings at Cambridge are very impressive and it dates back to around the start of the 13th century. King College Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings and a must see place when visiting Cambridge.
In third place behind Oxford and Cambridge in terms of age is St Andrews University in Scotland. During the summer months New Hall at the university acts as a 3 star hotel with accommodation for up to 540 guests in single and twin bedded rooms. The university is also structurally fantastic and is a great base for many exciting activities in the area, not least the world famous St Andrews Golf Course.