Oxford

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About Oxford

There was a time when the name “Oxford” referred only to the famous university itself, but today, Oxford is a city in it’s own right, a cosmopolitan hub of history, learning, culture, and green spaces.

The wider city has an economy built on the car industry in nearby Cowley.

The origins of the university are lost in the mists of time but the first colleges were founded by rich bishops, and most have similar architectural features with the chapels, dining halls and libraries arranged around quadrangles. There are 39 colleges, each with its own character.

Thousands of tourists and students flock to the town each year so don’t be surprised if you find that residents keep themselves to themselves.

A visit to Oxford is a must and can keep you occupied for several days.  The university buildings have some of England’s finest architecture.  There are also some fascinating museums, great restaurants, bars and hotels.

We particularly recommend the Ashmolean Museum, in a neo-classical building on the corner of Beautmont Street and St Giles (Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; free entry, www.ashmolean.org)

How to get here

It takes about 55 minutes to get to Oxford from London Paddington on a fast train.

Places of interest


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Activities

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  • Stay hot at Malmaison – room for 2 plus dinner £89 - Stay hot this winter with this scorching offer at Malmaison. Hit some of the best cities in the UK to discover two delicious courses from our seasonal Fixed Price Menu, bursting with flavour and festive colour. And once you’ve finished exploring, warm up in a luxurious room for 2 with … more
  • A warm welcome, great food and gossip – a perfect lunch at Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms - Whether its accommodation or food I have discovered there is nothing like a quintessential English pub – and by that, I mean a pub that manages to balance local traditions of real ales but is also passionate about delivering a great dining experience and value-for-money. One such place is the … more
  • Win a meal for two with wine worth more than £70 at the Fat Fox Inn, Watlington - The Fat Fox Inn is located at the centre of the small market town of Watlington on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. The pub has an attractive bar set next to an inglenook fire place with a wood burning stove and a newly developed dining room which is elegantly … more
  • The Fox Inn, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire - The Fox Inn is set on the banks of the River Windrush in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and most people’s idea of a quintessential English pub. My visit was on a Sunday evening following an afternoon at a place of contrasting culture Bicester Village. So after leaving … more
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  • Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte by Garsington Opera - Garsington Opera at Worsley opens on Friday with John Fulljames’ production of Mozart’s Cos Fan Tutte. World-acclaimed opera star Lesley Garrett takes the role of the scheming maid Despina; Andrea Soare and Kathryn Rudge are the two sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella whose fidelity is tested by their conspiring fiancee, Ferrando … more
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxford - Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The … more
  • The Bell – Alderminister - A handsome coaching inn with many original features and contemporary decor, serving real ales, excellent wines. Set in an attractive village.Also has accommodation from £120 per night. Children and dogs welcome. Address: A3400, Alderminster CV37 8NY T: 01789 450414 www.thebellald.co.uk

 

Special offers

  1. Stay hot at Malmaison – room for 2 plus dinner £89 - Stay hot this winter with this scorching offer at Malmaison. Hit some of the best cities in the UK to discover two delicious courses from our seasonal Fixed Price Menu, bursting with flavour and festive colour. And once you’ve finished exploring, warm up in a luxurious room for 2 with … more
  2. Win a meal for two with wine worth more than £70 at the Fat Fox Inn, Watlington - The Fat Fox Inn is located at the centre of the small market town of Watlington on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. The pub has an attractive bar set next to an inglenook fire place with a wood burning stove and a newly developed dining room which is elegantly … more
  3. The Fox Inn, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire - The Fox Inn is set on the banks of the River Windrush in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and most people’s idea of a quintessential English pub. My visit was on a Sunday evening following an afternoon at a place of contrasting culture Bicester Village. So after leaving … more
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  5. The Bear 4*, Woodstock: 25% off + £10 voucher - The Bear, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 ISZ   Check out this fantastic offer! Macdonald Hotels are offering up to 25% off your stay plus a £10 voucher per room per night to spend on spa, golf or Macdonald’s award-winning dining.  With over 45 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts across the … more
  6. Randolf Hotel 5*, Oxford: 25% off plus a free £10 voucher - Randolf Hotel, Oxford, OX1 2LN T: + 44 (0)1865 256 400 Check out this fantastic offer! Macdonald Hotels are offering up to 25% off your stay plus a £10 voucher per room per night to spend on spa, golf or Macdonald’s award-winning dining. With over 45 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts … more
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The Fox Inn, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire - The Fox Inn is set on the banks of the River Windrush in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and most people’s idea of a quintessential English pub. My visit was on a Sunday evening following an afternoon at a place of contrasting culture Bicester Village. So after leaving … more

 

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