Oxford is an increasingly classic weekend getaway destination in the UK. It has a rich cultural heritage and is home to the oldest university in England. As a result the city is home to some amazing architecture and University buildings, known as the "Dreaming Spires". Oxford is located around 50 miles north west of London and is a modern, lively town which is well worth a weekend getaway.
Air: The London airports make the best arrival points for a visit to Oxford. The city is a short drive up the M40 from Heathrow. An alternative if you wanted to avoid the hassles of a London arrival would be Birmingham (BHX).
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Rail: The main station in Oxford is west of the the city centre. The station has regular services to London, Birmingham and Manchester. Try the trainline.com for cheap rail tickets.
What to See and Do
The main attractions in Oxford include the following:
University Church of St Mary the Virgin: Located on High Street, a climb up the Church tower will reward you with great views of the Spires. For the weary tourist, the church also has a coffee shop specialising in organic grub and Fair Trade refreshments.
Christ Church College: A spectacular building which has been used in the filming of various movies including Harry Potter. Take a walk across the Meadows in front of the College and watch the rowers on the river.
Ashmolean Museum: Britain's oldest public museum is a vast space full of ancient artworks from Egypt, Rome, Greece and others. Admission is free.
Pitt Rivers Museum: This museum focuses on anthropology and ethnology. Open daily, this is another free attraction.
Foot: The old city centre and narrow street are not good for traffic. The best way to get around is on your own two feet. The city is compact and the main attractions are within easy reach.
Cycle: Cycles are a popular option in this student town.