The word “Oxford” has long been synonymous with one of the best universities in the world, along with Cambridge. This is understandable, because more than 50 Nobel laureates studied and taught in its walls. But today, we would like to talk about this oldest university city, which is also a modern and vibrant metropolis, in which it seems that life here does not stop for a minute. Read our guide to how to get to Oxford, things to do in it and where to stay?
How to get to Oxford?
Oxford has its own airport, but it is not large and only accepts private jets. Therefore, most tourists travel to Oxford from London or the nearest Heathrow Airport.
- From Heathrow Airport, buses leave for Oxford every 20 minutes. Stops are located at Terminals 1, 2, 3, 5. Also, from the airport you can catch a Nationalrail train from Terminals 2, 3, and 4 and get to Oxford in 2 hours.
- From London, Oxford can be reached by bus (from Victoria Coach Station) or by train (from Paddington train station).
Things to do in Oxford
It is clear that the main attraction of the city is its oldest university, which was founded in the 12th century. Since then, university professors and students have done a unique and hard scientific work, which was recognized by the scientific community of the whole world and opened up new knowledge to humanity.
Any tourist who has previously received a pass at one of the travel agencies can get to the university. You can choose both group and individual excursions. You will need to spend all day examining it, but even in this case, there is a great risk of missing something interesting. After all, there are many attractions. Here are some of them:
- Bodlian library
- Church of St. Mary
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Christ Church and Magdalen College
- Botanical Garden
- Oxford castle
- Carfax Tower
- Martyrs Memorial
- Blenheim Palace.
In addition to the university, there are quite a few museums in Oxford that display unique exhibits. Among them:
- Museum of Natural History
- Eshmolin Museum, the oldest in Britain
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Picture Gallery at Krust Church College.
Among the more modern attractions in Oxford, you can try traditional English ales in one of the city’s many pubs. The most famous is the Eagle and Child pub, which J.R. R. Tolkien and J. Rowling themselves liked to drop in.
Hotels in Oxford
Hotels in Oxford offer a very wide selection of accommodation for tuoists. What is especially nice, the prices for rooms are relatively affordable. Even the most luxurious room in a 5-star hotel will cost you about £ 250. A simple hostel will cost around 20 pounds. At the same time, hotels in the city can offer rooms in the style of “old England”, as well as quite standard. And for those who want to feel like a student of the oldest university, Scott House Hotel is located on one of the campuses.