Oxford is one of the two famous university cities in the United Kingdom and is a popular place to visit during the school and university holidays thanks to its unique architecture and close proximity to London.
Visitors here can enjoy the quaint city, which is filled with ancient Saxon and Roman inspired buildings, or head out to the stunning surrounding countryside to enjoy a day visiting the green landscape of Britain.
Oxford is well known for its many spires which give it a unique skyline and it has been chosen to feature in a number of blockbuster movies because of its intriguing architecture.
Visit the locations used in filming the Harry Potter films and don't forget to look up as you walk around the streets – many of the buildings are covered in gargoyles, some depicting them doing interesting things, like picking their noses or going to the toilet!
Oxford University consists of 39 colleges, located in and around the city, each an independent entity, but also a part of Oxford University. Some colleges are large and visible, while others are small and tucked away on a side street.
The colleges range from 50 to 750 years old. Many of them are open to tourists and are well worth a visit, though they may be busy during the school holidays.
Oxford is a lively location at night, when the universities and shops close their doors and the bars and nightclubs open for business.
The city centre is the main location for the best nightlife and the area around Hythe Bridge Street is possibly the best site for grabbing a drink before heading into a club. Thirst Tavern is a popular club with its sister bar, the Thirst Bar attracting the early evening revelers.
Oxford enjoys reasonably favorable weather. The best months to visit are during the summer, although the city may be quieter then because many of the students will have left for the holidays. Temperatures can reach an average of 20 degrees Celsius.