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The city of dreaming spires...

Oxford is the home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world and its buildings feature some of the most impressive architecture in the country. Beyond its academic heritage, the city offers an exciting cosmopolitan centre including a busy calendar of events and festivals.

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More than just a bookshop, Blackwells is an Oxford institution including the largest single room for book sales in Europe. The shop also runs a series of literary and historical walking tours.
The Radcliffe Camera at the Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library

Opened in 1602, 'The Bod' now has 176 kilometres of shelves and can accommodate 2,500 readers.
Man playing guitar

Live Music

Check out Oxford's fantastic live music venues - including the Jericho Tavern which played host to Radiohead's first gig in 1986.
Botanic Gardens in Oxford

Botanic Gardens

Situated on the banks of the Cherwell River, these are the oldest botanic gardens in Britain.

Local area


There's plenty of affordable ways to get around Oxford using public transport. The Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach operate buses around the city and, if you're travelling further afield, Oxford railway station makes connecting with cities like London and Birmingham simple. It's easy to travel abroad from Oxford too, with Heathrow airport around an hour and 20 minutes away by bus.


Oxford Brookes University Centre for Sports is close by on the Headington Campus, offering many activities and facilities to keep you fit. If you like watching live sport, then a visit to Tilsley Park, home of the Oxford Saints American football team, is an absolute must.


Oxford is a great city for shopping, with plenty of independent shops and boutiques as well as national chains. You'll find all the big brand names around Cornmarket and Queen Street, and for something different, be sure to visit the historic covered market. There's plenty of choice when it comes to food shopping too, with Waitrose and Tesco Express stores located close to Dorset House.