Visiting Oxford

Description of Oxford

Intro : Oxford, also known as ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ is famous around the world for its university and history. It has been home to royalty and scholars for over 800 years. With its mix of modern and ancient and its location, Oxford has plenty to offer visitors and residents.

Inside info

Visit the Oxford Christmas Market ! For the first time in its history, Oxford will be holding a Christmas market at Oxford Castle between the 10th to the 20th December. A German-style market, 30 stalls will be in place, selling handmade and fair-trade products as well as mulled wine and local food. Throughout the 10 days, local choirs and brass bands will be performing Christmas carols and a Victorian carousel will be put in place for the little ones. The castle is easily accessible and is only a five minute walk from Oxford train station. (www.oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk)Rent a punt! If you’re feeling energetic, then try your hand at punting. A very popular activity in Oxford, a punt is a long and narrow boat, propelled by a long pole, and is an ideal way of seeing Oxford from a different angle. Magdelen Bridge Boat House and Cherwell Boat House rent punts from between £,8 to £,10 per hour.One of the great things about Oxford is its close proximity to many other interesting places in the area, such as Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge and even London, so there’s plenty to see and do! Why not go on an excursion to a nearby Cotswold village? ‘Cotswald Roaming’ organises half day or full day tours to nearby Cotswold towns/villages, such as Stratford-upon-Avon or Warwick Castle and private or group bookings are welcomed all year round. For more information, contact: 01865 308300.If you want to do a spot of shopping, Oxford has all you need. Templars Square, Oxford’s largest shopping centre has all the well known high street brands such as Dorothy Perkins, Boots, Wilkinsons and provides low-cost parking. If you’re looking for designer brands, then head off to Westgate Shopping Centre, open 7 days a week with late night shopping every Thursday till 8pm. If you want to rest your aching feet, Westgate has many cafes serving breakfasts, afternoon tea and luxury chocolates, everything you need after a hard day’s shopping!

Did you know ?

The staircase in the Great Hall at Christ Church College was used in several scenes in the Harry Potter films, and it was also used as inspiration for the Hogwarts dining hall.

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This city, belonging to the county of Oxfordshire, has a population of around 165 000 people. It is most well known for being home to the University of Oxford, the oldest University in the country and in the English speaking world. The city of dreaming spires is renowned for its typically English architecture and notably that of the University buildings. The city is a green one with many parks and nature walks. It is well frequented by tourists, mainly because of the famous university landmarks, but also for its shopping and markets. The city has a maritime temperate climate with rainfall spread evenly across the year. Temperatures reach an average high in the summer of 22°C and an average low in the winter of 1-2°C.