Oxford

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Oxford is located in Oxfordshire in the south of England. You will find Banbury to its north whilst Bicester, and Milton Keynes are to the northeast and High Wycombe and Aylesbury are to the east, with Slough and Windsor to the southeast. To Oxford’s west you will find Whitney and Cheltenham then Swindon further southwest, whilst Abingdon, Newbury and Reading are to the south.

The city of Oxford dates back to Saxon times and was originally known as “Oxenaforda” which literally means “Ford of the Oxen” back in the 10th century.

Oxford is perhaps best known around the world for its university which was first made reference to as early as the 12th century and somewhat unique is Christ Church Cathedral, which combines both as a college chapel and cathedral.

Oxford is also where Roger Bannister famously ran his four-minute mile on 6th May 1954 at the Iffley Road running track.

Oxford’s second university is Oxford Brookes, which was given its charter in 1991 and has consistently been voted the best university in the UK.

City Centre
Oxford is a popular tourist destination with around 10 million people coming to visit the city each year. It is also a popular film location thanks in part to its beautiful architecture and historical buildings which were left unscathed during the Second World War. Perhaps the most famous TV show to be filmed in Oxford was ‘Inspector Morse’ and more recently ‘Lewis’.
There are two main shopping centres, The Westgate and Clarendon Centres.

Transportation
London Oxford Airport is a small regional airport located in Kidlington. There is a good bus service and direct train services from London’s Paddington Station on First Great Western and Marylebone Station on Chiltern Railway which also goes to Bicester and Banbury.

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Photograph of Oxford Skyline from St Mary’s Church by Diliff via Wikimedia Commons

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