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280 Banbury Road
Summertown
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 7ED
United Kingdom
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Living in Oxford

Home to the world renowned University of Oxford, the city is the county city of Oxfordshire and sits at the very heart of this rural and wondrous countryside. Known as the "city of dreaming spires", it lies 50 miles to the north-west of London and is full of history and heritage, exquisite architecture and magnificent museums that are enchanting and inspiring.

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

Local authorities

  • Oxford City Council
    St Aldates Chambers
    109 St Aldates
    Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX1 1DS
    01865 249 811
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
    Abbey House
    Abbey Close
    Abingdon
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 3JE
    01235 520 202
  • Aylesbury Vale District Council
    66 High Street
    Aylesbury
    Buckinghamshire
    HP20 1SD
    01296 585 858
  • Cherwell District Council
    Bodicote House
    Bodicote
    Banbury
    Oxfordshire
    OX15 4AA
    01295 227 001
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
    Benson Lane
    Crowmarsh Gifford
    Wallingford
    Oxfordshire
    OX10 8ED
    01491 823 000
  • West Oxfordshire District Council
    Elmfield
    New Yatt Road
    Witney
    Oxfordshire
    OX28 1PB
    01993 702 941

Property available in Oxford

Whether you are looking for a smart townhouse, a striking modern apartment in Oxford, a village house, farmhouse, magnificent rectory, or a country estate set in the glorious Oxfordshire landscape, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

History

First settled in Saxon times with the foundation of an oxen crossing, it was formerly established in the 9th century by Alfred the Great.

Whilst there is no clear date of the foundation of Oxford University, teaching existed in some form in 1096 and grew rapidly after Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris in 1167.

The 13th century saw the establishment of halls of residence following rioting between students and townspeople. These were eventually succeeded by the Oxford colleges from 1249.

In 1642, during the English Civil War, Charles I was expelled from London and set up court in Oxford. It later housed Charles II between 1665 and 1666 during the Great Plague.

The Oxford Canal was opened in 1790 connecting the city to Coventry and in 1796 a link to the Thames was created at Isis Lock. The creation of the Oxford Canal led to it becoming one of the most important and profitable transport links in Britain with the principal traffic being coal from Warwickshire.

By 1844 the Great Western Railway had linked Oxford to London, with other routes opening soon after.

Oxford experienced rapid growth during the early 20th century, with industries such as printing becoming firmly established and the mass production of cars built at the Morris Motor Company in Cowley.

The city was the location for a major historical event in 1954 when on the 6th May, Roger Bannister ran the mile for the first time in under four minutes.

Getting to Oxford

Roads

  • Easy access to the motorway network via the M40 (J8 – 7miles), M4 (J13 – 25 miles)

Rail

  • Trains to London Paddington from Oxford (approx 55 minutes), Didcot (approx 45 minutes)
  • Trains to London Marylebone from Haddenham & Thame (approx 45 minutes), Charlbury (approx. 75 minutes), Kingham (approx. 90 minutes) Bicester (approx 50 minutes), Banbury (approx. 60 minutes)

Air

  • Airline buses to Heathrow (travel time approx. 90 minutes) every thirty minutes and hourly to Gatwick (travel time approx 2.5 hours)
  • London Oxford City airport with services to Edinburgh, Geneva & Jersey

Bus

  • The Oxford Tube bus to London leaves every fifteen minutes (travel time approx 100 minutes)

Taxi/chauffeur services

  • Oxford 01865 240000
  • Wallingford 01491 540019
  • Didcot 01235 812345
  • Charlbury 01608 810035
  • Thame 01844 216161
  • Bicester 01869 252552

Schools

Oxford, as the County town, is blessed with a number of high profile schools including The Dragon, Magdalen College, Oxford High School, St Edwards, Greycoats, St Phillip and St James Primary School, Wychwood School for Girls and Cherwell School. There are also a good number of highly regarded schools surrounding the City including The Abingdon School, The Manor, St Helen’s & St Katherine’s, and Cothill at Abingdon, Radley College, Wycombe Abbey, The European School, Chandlings and Cokethorpe.

  • Abingdon School
    Park Road
    Abingdon
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 1DE
    01235 521563
  • The Dragon School
    Bardwell Road
    Oxford
    OX2 6SS
    01865 315 400
  • Magdalen College
    Oxford
    OX1 4AU
    01865 276 000
  • Oxford High School
    Belbroughton Road
    Oxford
    OX2 6XA
    01865 559 888
  • St Edwards
    Woodstock Road
    Oxford
    OX2 7NN
    01865 319 204
  • St Philip & St James Primary School
    Navigation Way
    Oxford
    OX2 6AB
    01865 311 064
  • Wychwood School for Girls
    74 Banbury Road
    Oxford
    OX2 6JR
    01865 557 976
  • Cherwell School
    Marston Ferry Road
    Oxford
    OX2 7EE
    01865 558 719
  • New College Oxford
    Oxford
    OX1 3BN
    01865 279500
  • Cokethorpe School
    Witney
    Oxon
    OX29 7PU
    01993 703921
  • St Helen and St Katharine
    Faringdon Road
    Abingdon
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 1BE
    01235 520173

 

Bars and restaurants

  • Raoul's Cocktail Bar
    32 Walton Street
    Jericho
    Oxford
    OX2 6AA
    01865 553 732
  • The Oxford Retreat
    1-2 Hythe Bridge Street
    Oxford
    OX1 2EW
    01865 250309
  • Angels Cocktail Bar
    Little Clarendon Street
    Oxford
    OX1 2HS
    01865 554224
  • Old Bank
    92 – 94 High Street
    Oxford
    OX1 4BJ
    01865 799599
  • Gee’s
    61 Banbury Road
    Oxford
    OX2 6PE
    01865 553540
  • Chiang Mai Kitchen
    130a High Street
    Oxford
    OX1 4DH
    01865 202233
  • The Magdalen Arms
    243 Iffley Road
    Oxford
    OX4 1SJ
    01865 243159
  • The Turf Tavern
    4-5 Bath Place
    Oxford
    OX1 3SU
    01865 243235
  • The Bear Inn
    6 Alfred Street
    Oxford
    OX1 4EH
    01865 728164
  • Crazy Bear
    Bear Lane
    Stadhampton
    Oxfordshire
    OX44 7UR
    01865 890714
  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
    Two Michelin stars
    Church Road
    Great Milton
    Oxford
    OX44 7PD
    01844 278881
  • The Nut Tree
    Main Street
    Murcott
    Oxfordshire
    OX5 2RE
    01865 331253
  • The Kingham Plough
    The Green Kingham
    Chipping Norton
    Oxfordshire
    OX7 6YD
    01608 658327
  • The Swan
    Swinbrook
    Oxfordshire
    OX18 4DY
    01993 823339
  • The Feathered Nest
    Nether Westcote
    Oxfordshire
    OX7 6SD
    01993 833030

 

Hospitals and medical practices

  • John Radcliffe Hospital
    Oxford
    OX3 9DU
    01865 741166

 

  • Horton General Hospital
    Oxford Road
    Banbury
    OX16 9AL
    01295 275500
  • Witney Community Hospital
    Welch Way
    Witney
    Oxfordshire
    OX28 6JJ
    01933 209400

Theatres and cinemas

  • Oxford Playhouse
  • New Theatre
  • The Old Fire Station
  • The Burton Taylor Theatre
  • Pegasus Theatre
  • The Chipping Norton Theatre
  • The Corn Exchange in Wallingford