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Oxford


Oxford is a historic city in England in the UK. The city is home to the University of Oxford which is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. As of 2001 census, Oxford had a population of 134,248.


Key Facts about Oxford


Oxford University Museum of Natural History:
Here are some facts about Oxford:
  1. Oxford is a city in central southern England.

  2. Oxford is one of the fastest growing cities (in terms of population growth) in the United Kingdom.

  3. Oxford is best known as a university town, home to the University of Oxford, which is regarded as one of the world's top universities, and which is also the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

  4. As well as the university and education, Oxford has a very varied and diverse economic base including publishing, science, high technology, and motor manufacturing industries.

  5. Brewing is also a traditional industry of Oxford (several of the university's colleges even had their own private breweries), although nowadays, most of the breweries have closed or moved to other locations.

  6. The main roads to and from Oxford are the A34, the A40, the A44, and the A420. The A40 connects (after a section of dual carriage way) to Junction 8 of the M40.

  7. There are a number of coach services connecting Oxford to London and other destinations.

  8. Oxford station is about ½ mile (1 kilometer) from the city center. It provides rail connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and other destinations.

  9. Oxford does have its own airport, London Oxford Airport, which is Kidlington, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the North of the city, however there are (at the time of writing) few if any regular commercial flights from it. The airport is however looking to establish commercial aviation routes to a variety of European destinations.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Oxford


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Books about Oxford


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Oxford (Great Breaks)

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Insight Guides
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Oxford (Great Breaks)
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Dreaming spires, tranquil waterways, and a unique literary heritage: no vacation in the UK is complete without a visit to Oxford. Great Breaks Oxford is a collection of 12 illuminating walks and tours in and around the city, guiding you from the historic heart of the university to idyllic Port Meadow and beyond, all with vivid full-color photographs, clear maps, and our selection of the best places to eat and drink.
 
It’s packed full of ideas to inspire you, with the 10 top attractions in Oxford, including the iconic Bodleian Library and the tranquil pleasures of punting on the Thames; plus sections on active vacations, themed breaks, and ideas for things to do with kids in tow. Features on literary Oxford, the city’s waterways, and music and theater provide a cultural backdrop to the city, while practical information and our selective accommodations listings make planning your trip a breeze.

The Cotswolds: Including Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath (Bradt Slow Travel)

By Caroline Mills

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The Cotswolds: Including Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Bath (Bradt Slow Travel)
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In this new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's The Cotswolds (Slow Travel series), resident expert author Caroline Mills shares more of her favorite places in a region that remains as popular as ever. The area covered includes: the Cotswold AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the Cotswold escarpment, hills and valleys, the Wiltshire Cotswolds and the area known as the Four Shires, along with the lesser-known 'hidden' fringes of the Cotswolds. Also included are the three Cotswold 'gateways': Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and Oxford. Caroline Mills has lived and worked in the region for over 40 years and writes in an entertaining and engaging first-person narrative combined with authoritative information.

Organized into locales to encourage you to slow down and make it easier to discover smaller areas in greater depth, the guide includes features such as interviews with locals who bring character to the region, activities to try with children, personally selected places to eat, drink and stay, coverage of the Arts and Crafts movement, and plenty of options for car-free travel: walking, cycling, river boats and local buses and trains.

Highlights of particular note include Highgrove Gardens, the home of HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall; Oxford University; the Royal Shakespeare Company/Theatre; the Roman Baths, Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); the American Museum in Britain (dedicated to colonial America and the only museum of its kind outside the United States); Bibury, in particular Arlington Row and villages such as The Slaughters, Snowshill and Castle Combe; UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace.

Featured within the guide are quirky events such as the Cheese-Rolling competition and Tetbury's Woolsack Races; numerous and distinguished breweries and micro-breweries, including the famous Hook Norton Brewery, Bath Ales, Uley Brewery and Stroud Brewery; Oxford University, the world's oldest, and the source of England's longest river, the Thames.

The Cotswolds rich and diverse man-made heritage includes many famous castles and country houses: Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle, Chavenage and Kelmscott; well-known abbeys such as Prinknash, Hailes; and gardens and estates including Painswick Rococo Garden, Westonbirt Arboretum and Highgrove. Roman history is covered, too, notably in Bath and Cirencester, together with the Fosse Way, one of the most important Roman roads in the country.

The Cotswolds continues to endear itself to anyone who visits – its harmonious combination of quintessentially English villages, charming provincial market towns, interesting and appealing countryside and a wealth of local food-and-drink producers makes it an all-year-round destination, whether for a day trip, a quiet weekend away or a multi-week holiday. The region offers an incredible array of accommodation from unique country-house hotels to delightful farmhouse B&Bs on working farms, luxurious self-catering cottages to glamping and camping in secluded countryside. Visitors that have a particular passion or interest for gardens, the Arts & Crafts Movement, historic buildings, walking, horse riding or rural pursuits are well provided for within the Cotswolds.

Oxford PopOut Map (PopOut Maps)

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Released: 2016-02-26
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Experience the elegant university city of Oxford (UK) with the help of this genuinely pocket-sized, pop-up map. Small in size yet big on detail, this compact, dependable, city map of Oxford will ensure you don't miss a thing.

* Includes a PopOut map - a detailed street map of the city center

* Advice on the top things to see while you're there including colleges, museums, university buildings, places of interest, parks and walks

* Handy, self-folding, tourist map is small enough to fit in your pocket yet offers extensive coverage of the city in an easy-to-use format

* Thorough street index is also featured and cross-referenced to the map so you can easily find your destination

* Hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions are all included on the map

Ideal to pop in a pocket or bag for quick reference while exploring the city.


Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-12-08
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Fodor s England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on The Tower of London, Stonehenge, and English gardens
· Major sights such as Yorkshire Dales, Brighton and Its Seafront, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury, Hadrian's Wall, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Coastal Cornwall, Cotswold Villages, and Lake District
· Coverage of: London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; The Thames Valley; Bath and the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; East Anglia; Yorkshire; The Northeast; Wales

Planning to focus on London? Check out Fodor's travel guide to London.


 
 
 

 
 
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