Oxford lies in the south east of Egland, less than sixty miles west of London. Famous throughout the world for its university, first mentioned in twelfth century records, it receives millions of tourists every year.
Its architecture encompasses every period since the Saxons so you are treated to a wealth of imposing buildings. Iconic structures include, St George's Tower dating from the eleventh century with its original crypt; the first spire to be built in Oxford was added to the twelfth century Christ Church Cathedral in 1325; in Cornmarket Street, you'll find a three storey timbered building that has survived since since the end of the fourteenth century.
Colleges and churches continued to be erected throughout the centuries and one of the finest is the Radcliffe Camera, a round library from 1748. The city boasts many museums and art galleries, exhibits all housed in impressive surroundings. When you have had your fill of architectural delights, take a walk around the Botanic Gardens or the University Park which borders the River Cherwell; visit the Magdalen College Deer Park or Headington Hill Park where the Creation Theatre Company often gives performances. Cutteslowe Park is a good choice if you have children as it provides a range of activities. Oxford is a great city that can be enjoyed at any time of year as there is so much to see and do.
Oxford has a variety of accommodation in the form of hotels, apartments, guest houses, B&Bs and hostels, with tariffs catering for all budgets. You'll find high standards of comfort and good service. Restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes abound and they offer a wide choice of menu. If funds are short, there are several establishments where you can eat for well under ten pounds. There are many lively pubs in Oxford as well as nightclubs, live music venues and comedy clubs. Check on the Oxford City Guide for details of events. The city centre is small and compact but nevertheless has a good supply of shops. There are two small shopping centres, the Clarendon and the Westgate, and there is of course the historic covered market which dates from 1774.
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