Oxford and Villages Area Guide
Incorporating the history and heritage of a city that is home to 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11th century onwards, Oxford is, simply, one of the most famous cities on earth. It is also more multicultural, vibrant, alive and diverse than most.
The University of Oxford and its 38 colleges; the Bodleian Library (home to over 13,000,000 printed items), the Sheldonian theatre, The Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean museums, the University church in the High Street – a tour on foot round the various sites shows the richness of the town. The Oxford Preservation Trust hosts a range of events throughout the year from visits, to talks and walks getting behind closed doors to explore Oxford’s rich heritage. Also, climb the 99 steps of Carfax Tower to experience a bird’s eye view of Oxford’s “dreaming spires.” Just a little out of the centre, you can find large green spaces like Christ Church Meadows (with excellent views of Oxford’s spires), University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow.
Westgate Oxford is Oxford’s newest shopping and leisure experience located in the heart of Oxford and is home to prestigious global brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five-screen boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining.
Oxford is easy and fast to reach from London and Birmingham, as well as the major airports in the area, with regular direct connections: London Paddington, London Marylebone and Birmingham New Street are an hour away by train.