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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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Rick Steves Best of England

By Rick Steves

Avalon Travel Publishing
Released: 2016-11-16
Paperback (432 pages)

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  • Over 60 full-color maps and vibrant photos
  • Rick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tourist traps
  • The best of local culture, flavors, and haunts, including walks through the most interesting neighborhoods and museums
  • Trip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Suggestions for side trips to Greenwich, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Cambridge, Glastonbury, Wells, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, and Northeast England
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Oxford PopOut Map (PopOut Maps)

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Released: 2016-02-26
Map (4 pages)

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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.


Oxford Marco Polo Pocket Guide (Marco Polo Guide)

By Marco Polo Travel Publishing

Marco Polo Travel Publishing, Ltd.
Released: 2018-05-25
Paperback (128 pages)

Oxford Marco Polo Pocket Guide (Marco Polo Guide)
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Marco Polo Pocket Guide Oxford: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips
Explore Oxford, England with this handy, pocket-sized, authoritative guide, packed with Insider Tips. Discover boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, the city's trendiest places, and get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget. There are plenty of ideas for travel with kids, and a summary of all the festivals and events that take place in the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Let Marco Polo show you all this wonderful city has to offer…
Magical, picture-perfect Oxford, portal to the fantastical world of Harry Potter, wood-panelled dining rooms, spiral staircases and tower rooms. Students in fluttering gowns cycling through bumpy, cobbled streets, the beautiful and stunning architecture found at every turn. But there’s more to Oxford than its dreaming spires. It is stoney and post-modern, a cosmopolitan city, a unique blend of ancient and modern…This is Oxford!
Your Marco Polo Oxford Pocket Guide includes:
• Insider Tips – we show you the hidden gems and little known secrets that offer a real insight into the city from sampling decadent cocktails in a historic church, dining on a roof terrace with breath-taking views and staying in a university residence.
• Best of – find the best things to do for free, the best ‘only in’ Oxford experiences, the best things to do if it rains and the best places to relax and spoil yourself.
• Sightseeing – all of the top sights are organized by areas of the city so you can easily plan your day.
• Discovery Tours – 4 specially tailored tours that will get you to the heart of Oxford on foot or try your hand at punting*. Here are inspirational itineraries that will help you enjoy all of Oxford’s glorious green spaces, historic university buildings and waterways.
• Oxford in full-color – Marco Polo Pocket Guide Oxford includes full-color photos throughout the guide bringing the city to life offering you a real taste of what you can see and enjoy on your trip.
• Touring App – you can download any of the Discovery Tours to your smartphone, complete with the detailed route description and map exactly as featured in the guide, free of charge. The maps can be used offline too, so no roaming charges. The perfect navigational tool with distance indicators and landmarks highlighting the correct direction to walk in as well as GPS coordinates along the way. Enjoy stress-free sightseeing and never get lost again!
• Street Atlas and pull-out map – we’ve included a detailed street atlas and a handy, pull-out map so you can pop the guide in your bag for a full-on sightseeing day or head out with just the map to enjoy your Discovery Tour.
Trust Marco Polo Pocket Guide Oxford to show you around this fabulous city. The comprehensive coverage and unique insights will ensure you experience everything Oxford has to offer and more. The special tips, personal insights and unusual experiences will help you make the most of your trip - just arrive and enjoy.

*(propelling a flat bottomed boat along the river by a pole)

Rick Steves England

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-04-10
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Rick Steves England
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Inside Rick Steves England you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring England
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the ancient and mysterious Stonehenge to cozy corner pubs
  • How to connect with local culture: Catch the premier of a new musical, chat with fans about the latest football match, or take high tea in a classic hotel
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a pint
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed neighborhood maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a phrase book of British slang, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 900 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor and Cambridge, Canterbury, Dover, Brighton, Portsmouth, Dartmoor, Cornwall, Penzance, St. Ives, Penwith Peninsula, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Coventry, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, Blackpool, the Lake District, Yorkshire, Durham, and more
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Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

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Fodor's Travel
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· 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

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The Rough Guide to Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford (Rough Guides)

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Rough Guides
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- Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget.
- Full-colour chapter maps throughout - to explore Oxford's honey-coloured college buildings or discover the Shakespearean sights of Stratford-upon-Avon without needing to get online.
- Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography.
· Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of the best sights and experiences in the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford.
- Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip.
- Detailed coverage - this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: Cheltenham; Gloucester; Stroud; Cirencester; Chipping Campden; Broadway; the Vale of Evesham; Stratford-upon-Avon; Burford; Banbury; Oxford. Attractions include: Blenheim Palace; Gloucester Cathedral; Kelmscott Manor; Westonbirt Arboretum; Cotswold Farm Park; Rollright Stones; Sudeley Castle; Compton Verney.
- Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, accommodation, food and drink, festivals and events, sports and outdoor activities, shopping and more.
- Background information - a Contexts chapter devoted to history and recommended books.

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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.


 
 
 

 
 
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