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“Quite simply, a beautiful place to live.”
For over a thousand years Oxford has played a pivotal role in English history. It’s a town shaped by its famous University of course, with its iconic buildings and ancient colleges of golden stone. It’s home to some of the most beautiful and historic architecture in the country, its elegance crowned by its ‘dreaming spires’.
There are modern developments too, including the £40 million project opened in 2005 as part of the redevelopment of Oxford Castle, featuring the Malmaison Hotel infamous as the first converted prison in the country.
The modern city
With such a large student population, over 40,000, Oxford has become a bustling, cosmopolitan city attracting many high-tech businesses…and more than a few film crews. A huge number of TV programmes and films feature the city, perhaps the most famous being ‘Inspector Morse’. You can relive the character’s most famous cases on several walks around the city – and a visit to Christ Church is also recommended for its Harry Potter connections.
Sport and the arts
Naturally, the University has shaped much of the city’s sporting and cultural life. Sports focus on the famous annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge, and that rivalry continues with the annual Rugby Union Varsity Match. Oxford also has its own professional rugby and football teams, Oxford United being the best-known.
The city is also a notable arts centre. Entertainment ranges from college concerts to theatres including the New Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse, the Burton Taylor Theatre and the Pegasus. Oxford also has strong links to Shakespeare, and has its own Oxford Shakespeare Company holding performance in College gardens.
History is everywhere in the city, but a good starting point is the Museum of Oxford. The Bodleian Library is also one of only seven in the UK to receive every single English published book. The best way to explore the history of the city is on an open-top bus, bicycle trail or walking tour – and no trip to Oxford would be complete without a boat trip on the Thames.
A great place to live
With a huge range of bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping, this is one of the the UK’s finest cities. The centre is small enough to cycle almost anywhere, yet the choice of shopping is astonishing. From organic produce in the covered market to high street names in Cornmarket Street to specialist shops, you’ll find almost anything you want in Oxford. The centre is car-free too, which can be a nightmare for unfamiliar drivers but great for shoppers and cyclists. Outside the city there are noted outlet centres in Swindon and Bicester.
The centre of the city has little in the way of rented accommodation (much of it is taken by students), but it has many attractive suburbs. Many people also commute from other towns and villages in Oxfordshire, including Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, Burford, Carterton, Chipping Norton, Didcot, Wallingford and Kidlington.
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For more information on Oxford and the surrounding area, go to www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
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