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Home to the renowned university that cultured the minds of Nobel Prize winners, politicians, and masters of their chosen fields, Oxford certainly isn’t one to rest on its laurels. An epitome of Englishness with its appropriately grand and antiquated skyline, the city buzzes with the vibrancy of modern life. Home to world-class museums, top shopping, delectable dining, and cultural treats galore, Oxford has lures for all. Just outside of the city, the scenic greenery of rural Oxfordshire attracts many a cyclist and walker.

Things to see

With the Gothic grandeur of its spire marking Oxford’s historical skyline, Christ Church Cathedral and the college site in which it sits are amongst the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Constructed between 1160 and 1200, the Cathedral’s awe inspiring interior features vibrant stained glass windows and an intricate chancel ceiling. One of the oldest and best stocked libraries in Europe, Bodleian Library is home to over 11 million items. Dating back to 1602, it occupies 5 buildings, including the distinctive Radcliffe Camera, with its ornate circular design and domed roof. Set within a dramatic neo-Gothic shell, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses a vast collection of captivating specimens. From zoological wonders to geological curiosities, the most popular features include the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and the dodo. For an evening of glitzy entertainment, take your seat at the New Theatre Oxford. From the biggest musicals to starry stand-up acts, there’s always something abuzz.

Hotels in Oxford

Needs, taste, or budget, the hotels in Oxford tick all the boxes. Set within magnificent heritage buildings, the city’s choice of luxury lodgings exude classical opulence and boast prim and proper service. Expect chandelier-lit suites and 4-poster beds alongside modern comforts such as flat-screen TVs and WiFi. The mid-range accommodation comes as a cozy inn or swanky boutique, whilst the cheaper hotels in Oxford include homely guesthouses, B&Bs, and chain name favorites. For those seeking a real haven however, the Oxfordshire countryside offers a portfolio of grand country piles, providing features such as full-service spas, swimming pools, and saunas to help you unwind.

Where to stay

If you intend on sightseeing and enjoying the finest the city has to offer, a hotel in Oxford’s walkable city center is your best bet. Studded with historical buildings spanning many centuries and graced with picturesque parks and courtyards, you’ll be within good range of all the attractions, commercial offerings, and university colleges. Dining here ranges from good old pub grub to fancy English fare, whilst international flavors including Japanese and Jamaican exist too. Shoppers will find plenty of hidden gems in the city, from quaint antique, book, and gift shops, to big name brand stores. Many of the streets in the city center come pedestrianized, making it especially pleasant to get around.

How to get to Oxford

Most international visitors find it more convenient to fly into the well-connected airports around London, such as Heathrow or Gatwick. Just 50 miles from Oxford, London Heathrow is closest, making it a breeze to get in once you’ve landed. Trains can be caught from Terminals 1, 2, and 3, to Oxford’s railway station, situated towards the west of the city. Services leave every few minutes and usually take a maximum of 1 hour and 40 minutes, with 1 or 2 changes along the way. Once you arrive at Oxford Station you’ll find plenty of taxis waiting outside, ready to whisk you to your hotel.

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