Running through Oxford are the rivers Cherwell, most famous for punting, and the Thames, (known locally as the River Isis) synonymous with rowing and the scene of the Eights Week, the most important Oxford University regatta. Popular among anglers, the rivers offer an idyllic setting for walks and or exploring the river.
Besides the free museums, theatres and colleges, Oxford has an impressive range of pubs and restaurants and a variety of festivals that are held throughout the year and cater for all ages.
Specialist food shops, boutiques and a weekly farmers’ market, ensure there is plenty of choice when it comes to shopping.
Great spa facilities, golf clubs, cycling routes and walking trails add to the abundance of countless ways to enjoy Oxford and the surrounding villages.
The neighbouring countryside is England at its best, from the Chilterns and the Downs to the south, to the Cotswolds to the West.
The Thameside villages between Oxford and Henley provide historic and charming villages, with excellent commuting routes from Didcot to London Paddington, or by road along the M40.
The rolling hills of the Downs surround the market towns of Wantage and Faringdon with easy access to the M4, and then to the North, open farmland dotted by period hamlets leads up to the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds in recent years has gained some notoriety surrounding the “Chipping Norton set”, however in truth the area is still a strong farming community with pretty villages served by a rail line from Kingham to London Paddington.
Places of interest
- Ashmolean Museum
- Modern Art Museum
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History
- Bodleian Library
- Christ Church Cathedral
- The Headington Shark
- Museum of the History of Science
- Oxford Botanic Garden
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Sheldonian Theatre
- St Mary the Virgin Church
- Oxford City Council
St Aldates Chambers
109 St Aldates
01865 249 811
- Vale of White Horse District Council
01235 520 202
- Aylesbury Vale District Council
66 High Street
01296 585 858
- Cherwell District Council
01295 227 001
- South Oxfordshire District Council
01491 823 000
- West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
01993 702 941