An hour and a half from London and at the gateway to the Cotswolds, Oxford offers the best of both town and country. The city boasts a wealth of leisure activities from enticing shops, vibrant restaurants and bars, world class visitor attractions, theatres and arts venues to sports and summer punting in the great outdoors.
Here are just a handful of ideas to give you a taste of what it’s like living and working in the city:
For a small city Oxford has a wonderful selection of museums to inspire and fascinate whatever your interests, from the Ashmolean museum of art and archeology, one of the oldest museum collections in the world, to the wonderful Natural history museum, host to the Dodo of Alice in Wonderland fame. The Pitt Rivers Museum houses a mindboggling collection of curios or if your tastes are more contemporary Modern Art Oxford has an exciting programme of exhibitions.
Cinema fans and theatre buffs are also well catered for and it is just a short hop to Stratford for spectacular Shakespere performances.
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- Ashmolean Museum
- Bodleian Library
- Museum of Natural History
- Museum of the History of Science
- Story Museum
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Bate Museum of Musical Instruments
- University Church
- Visiting Oxford Colleges
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From cheap eats and charming cafes to cosy pubs and Michelin starred restaurants Oxford has a huge array of international cuisine on offer. The annual Foodies festival in South Parks is a fun family event and there are regular farmers markets dotted across the city.
Oxford has a great selection of pubs many of which have been serving thirsty Oxfordians for centuaries. For a tasty bite or an atmospheric pint here are some of our top tips:
Shopaholics love Oxford with it’s fabulous mixture of small boutique shops hidden down cobbled alleyways, large high street stores and shopping malls. As you might expect from it’s proximity to the University, Oxford city centre is home to some wonderful bookshops. If you are after a bargain then a short trip north to Bicester Village designer outlet will not disappoint. A relaxed browse through the covered market is a treat for foodies and is a great place to find gifts or vist the new Westgate Centre and it's flagship John Lewis store.
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Oxford is a city made for cycling with good cycle routes throughout the city and out into the surrounding countryside and plenty of cycle shops dotted throughout to provide you with equipment or repairs. The river Thames attracts rowers and canoeists and there are local clubs to join whether you are a beginner or advanced. If you prefer something more leisurely then punting down the river with a picnic is hard to beat on a summer day. There are plenty of other sports clubs, gyms, swimming pools and yoga studios to choose from.
The centre of the city is best explored on foot or by bike. Oxford has a good network of local bus routes connecting all parts of the city and surrounding areas. There are also excellent bus connections to London, Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports and there are train connections to London Paddington and London Marylebone from Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations.
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