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Cityscape of Oxford City. Oxfordshire, England, UK (Arsty / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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Radcliffe Camera and All Souls College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK (Arsty / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Radcliffe Camera and All Souls College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK (Arsty / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Home to the prominent Oxford University, Oxford, England is an inspirational destination boasting a décor of historic colleges, birthing an entire generation of legendary scholars. The ancient city is a sophisticated cosmopolitan, where artistry flows across its lush gardens, museums, and majestic iconic gems. Proudly known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’, Oxford gently turns back the hands of time, allowing each step to blaze a trail into its culture, causing an eruption of unbridle passion within its visitors. If you are looking for a destination adorned by architectural antiques, where a pulsating nightlife is a heartbeat away, and history lurks on every corner, then Oxford is the perfect destination for you.

Oxford is one of England’s must-see possessions, enriched by the radiance of spires of the historic university soaring right beneath the skies. Since the 11th century it has made its stamp in the country as a major college town. However, there is plenty more to explore besides its 38 institutions. Tourists from near and far bear witness to the heritage prevailing throughout its landscape. From the very first public museum to the flowery fragrances of the Botanic Garden, Oxford is a dream come true for the avid traveler. The Oxford Towers offer 360 degree views of the city’s magnificence. Christ Church gained much recognition with its cameo in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as well as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Bodleian Library is also one of Oxford’s oldest highlights, dazzling its guests with a gothic appearance.

Oxford’s streets are also dotted with an array of markets and boutiques, offering a world of shopping for the fashionista. The Botley Shopping Area is where you will find the latest trends, while Henley on Thames provides the perfect souvenirs for every taste. After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, there is nothing more relaxing than dining in one of Oxford’s tea rooms or bistros. Restaurants like Big Bang overflow with the rich scents of English delicacies like mutton stew, fish and chips, as well as bangers and dash while live jazz hits echoes through the atmosphere. If you are looking for a different flavor, Oxford has a wide spectrum of restaurants rich with culinary temptations.

Oxford is characterized by a temperate climate. During the months of June to September (summer) the temperatures reach a high around 70°F and a low of 55°F. From November to March (winter) the weather experiences highs slightly below 50°F and decreases to a low of about 35°F.

London Oxford Airport (OXF) is the city’s main gateway to a wide spectrum of destinations. Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach follow an extensive bus route around the city. Taxis can be reached from Oxford Station, St Giles and Gloucester Green; and Hackney taxis can be flag downed from the streets. Oxford also offers a sightseeing bus which travels to many of its attractions.