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Oxford Introduction


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Home to the U.K.'s oldest university, Oxford is eccentric, engaging and personable—epitomizing the spirit of Old England in many ways. The "city of dreaming spires" claims the world's densest concentration of Gothic architecture. Towers, battlements and domes crown the compact center, which is fringed by watery parklands. Many streets and cobbled alleys are pedestrian, making this a pleasant place to stroll.  Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oxford Geography


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Just 55 mi/90 km northwest of London, Oxford lies on the wide plain of the River Thames. The Thames and its tributary the Cherwell (pronounced Charwell) flow through the city. The Thames between Iffley Lock and Folly Bridge, where rowing events take place, is referred to as the Isis, a shortened version of the Latin for Thames, Tamesis. The Oxford Canal cuts a straighter course through the length of the city.   Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oxford History


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The Saxons first settled this strategic location in the heart of southern England. The Normans later consolidated the town's position by slightly adjusting the street plan and building a castle (the mound remains) with a strong wall around it.   Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oxford Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Many of Oxford University's 39 colleges open their quadrangles and chapels to visitors in the afternoon. Some even offer tours, and a number host concerts. To get a good feel for the university, wander around the old buildings of the Bodleian Library, guarded by the startling, massive stone busts known as the "philosophers' heads."   Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oxford Nightlife


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Oxford's club scene is heavily geared toward students, giving young and lively travelers plenty to do after dark. Nevertheless, there is a wide variety of nightlife for people of all ages. George Street is full of chain pubs and restaurants, but it's crowded and noisy. For a more rewarding Oxford experience, trawl around the lanes, alleyways and back streets sampling the quirky and unusual places.   Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oxford Restaurants & Dining


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Oxford's dining options have increased enormously. International and eclectic, the city caters to foodies with notable Indian, Lebanese, Italian, French, Chinese and Thai fare—not to mention the recent renaissance in British cuisine. Try to avoid the chains in the city center and experience authentic Oxford. Little Clarendon Street has a wide array of choices, as does Walton Street, just around the corner in Jericho. The Cowley Road area is full of ethnic restaurants.  Click here to see the full Oxford travel guide on Travel42 »

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