About Oxford


The city of Oxford offers its visitors a huge choice of unique and exciting attractions. You really need more than a day to experience the true vibe of the City.

The Bodleian Library, located at the heart of the historic part of the city, is the most famous library in the world. With over 100 miles of shelving, the Library holds a copy of every published book in the UK. The Ashmolean Museum is the oldest museum in the country and has a fantastic collection of archaeological artefacts and paintings by Constable, Gainsborough, Manet, Rembrandt and Titian. The Botanic Garden, Christ Church Cathedral and The Bridge of Sighs (Hertford Bridge) are just a few of Oxford’s world famous attractions.   Boat trips or punting on the River Thames and the River Cherwell, entertaining guided walking tours and open-top bus tours take in the City’s architecture and introduce Oxford’s heritage. You can simply stroll around the streets of this world famous University City soaking up the atmosphere. Most of Oxford’s great buildings feature the honey-coloured limestone from the Cotswold Hills and it is this glorious golden colour that strikes you most whilst wandering along Oxford’s streets.  Do a spot of shopping or watch the world go by in a cosy little café.  As you would expect, there is every style of cuisine available in Oxford. 

The University of Oxford: The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence.   As an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students from overseas.   More than 130 nationalities are represented among a student population of over 20,000.   Oxford is a collegiate university, with 38 colleges and 6 permanent private halls.

Oxfordshire is an inspiring county of hills and valleys, centrally placed in mid to southern England.   Beyond Oxford to the west lie the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, village after village of stunning stone houses and welcoming inns.   A visit to the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Dukes of Marlborough – Blenheim Palace in nearby Woodstock, is highly advised.   Broughton Castle, near Banbury, is one of the country’s loveliest and most romantic stately homes. Surrounded by a wide moat and parkland, it featured in Shakespeare in Love and is still a family home today.

Why not extend your stay?

Oxford also boasts a number of excellent hotels, should delegates prefer to organise their own accommodation separately or extend their stay with family and friends.

The Old Bank Hotel and the Mercure Eastgate Hotel are on the High Street in the City centre.  Other hotels located in the city are The MacDonald Randolph Hotel and the Malmaison Hotel. Other, more budget friendly options are also available.

Oxford City Guide
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