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Oxford

Watch out for the bikes!
 

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Having been fortunate enough to have been able to call Oxford home for a short period, we believe it is a city that seamlessly blends ancient traditions with cutting-edge innovation. Known worldwide for its prestigious University of Oxford, this captivating city has a rich history dating back to the 8th century. There's lots to explore and we certainly did just that! 


Oxford is an incredibly well-preserved city, and has some amazing sights to visit that really give you a feel for the history. Oxford’s origins trace back to the 8th century when it was established as a bustling town and in 1542, Oxford was granted official city status, cementing its place in history. The city sits at the confluence of the rivers Thames (locally known as The Isis) and Cherwell. 


The University of Oxford, founded over 800 years ago, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities globally. Oxford has been a home to both scholars and royalty throughout its storied existence. The Campus itself is all open and spread across the city so feel free to explore the old buildings. Often the libraries have open days, so check online beforehand and see if there is one open. You certainly get the hit of student life when you're constantly dodging bikes and checking your blind spots!


Radcliffe Camera in oxford and surrounding grounds
Radcliffe Camera and surrounding grounds

Oxford is also home to many historic pubs! (Chequers and Turf tavern which is also known as “An education in intoxication” to name a few of our faves). There are also several pubs along the riverbank which are hustling regardless of season. Come rain or shine, a pub is always a good idea in our minds. In the summer, The Varsity Club is definitely a great option, boasting a large roof terrace and expensive cocktails. On most streets you’ll definitely find at least one bar or restaurant, but it’s worth knowing where the main areas are; such as George Street, which is full of bars, restaurants and is home to Oxford's Cinema and theatre.


There are even more restaurants close by, spanning down little streets lit up with

pontoon lights such as “Little Clarendon Street” full of restaurants specialising in world cuisine; Al Andalus being a personal favourite for our tapas fix. There is always plenty to eat and drink, especially on the roof terrace at Westgate shopping centre, which is full of bars and restaurants such as The alchemist and Dirty bones. There's definitely something for everyone's appetite.


Getting around Oxford is incredibly easy. Known as the cycle city of the UK, always remember to check your personal blind spot for any cyclists racing past! Most places are easily accessible by foot - just be careful of the cobbles! Like most cities nowadays, Oxford has many rental schemes for transport such as scooters which are operated by Voi. All you need is the app and a UK drivers licence and you're good to go! Make sure you stick to all the rules of the road!

Street at Bicester Village
Bicester village

Oxford is also great for shopping as there is a large shopping centre called Westgate as mentioned above, full of all your normal shops you come to expect in a retail park such as John Lewis and Primark, as well as the high street full of high street stores. A short train ride away is Bicester village, a designer outlet shopping centre. It is the second most visited location in the United Kingdom by Chinese tourists, after Buckingham Palace. It has over 160 boutiques including Alexander McQueen, Dior and Gucci.






Additional information: 

Getting there: Oxford is easy to get to from most parts of the UK via road and rail. Its trains are mainly served by GWR and cross country with regular services to London Paddington.

Cozzie Livs: As a major student city, prices in Oxford can vary! But still more pricey than your average city. 

Pint Price: In the centre of Oxford, a pint of beer is normally between £5-7


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-Find things to do, tours and experiences in Oxford with GetYourGuide here

                                 

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