Oxford, England

Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas.

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Transportation

The most convenient international airports are London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW). There are trains and coach service available from the airports  and/or London to Oxford.

  • Coach/Bus service from Heathrow to Oxford, with a journey time of 90 minutes at a cost of £35 (return).
  • Coach/Bus service from Gatwick to Oxford, with a journey time of 150 minutes at a cost of £45 (return).
  • For other transportation options, visit the University of Oxford visitor page.

Did you know?

The town was named around 900 AD as a river crossing (“ford”) for oxen.

Oxford Botanic Garden, founded in 1621, is the oldest botanical garden in the UK.

The Museum of the History of Science has a chalkboard with Einstein’s handwriting from a lecture he gave in Oxford in 1931.

Blackwell’s book store has the world’s largest room devoted to book sales, with three miles of shelving.

The University Museum of National History has the most complete specimens of the dodo, a flightless bird that went extinct in the 17th century.

Lewis Carroll told the beginnings of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to Dean Henry Liddell’s daughters in Oxford in 1862.