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You're Going to Love Oxford

Known for its prestigious university, its historic attractions, and its impressive architecture, Oxford is fast becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations in southern England.

Punts on the River Cherwell, the world's oldest museum, leafy lanes, cobbled streets and the city's famous 'dreaming spires' are all part of its charm.

Oxford is home to some of the country's trendiest bars and music venues, and its shady streets and majestic spires have inspired filmmakers and writers for decades.

Whether you're looking for a family vacation destination or the perfect city for a romantic break, there are lots of reasons to choose Oxford.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Oxford

What to do in Oxford

Christ Church College
Radcliffe Square
Ashmolean Museum
University of Oxford Botanic Garden

When to Visit Oxford

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Peak season runs from May to September and the weather is ideal for punting on the River Isis (as the Thames is known here) and picnicking on its banks. Visit in early spring when the cherry trees are in bloom or book a stay in May for "The Bumps", the world-famous Oxford versus Cambridge boat race. The fall colors add a lustrous bronze glow to ancient buildings from October to November and low season rates in hotels are an attractive enticement. The Christmas and New Year period is also popular with tourists thanks to seasonal events like candlelit Christmas carol concerts in the famous colleges.

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How to Get to Oxford

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Where to Stay in Oxford

Accommodation is plentiful in Oxford whether you're looking for budget hotels like Travelodge, where a one night stay costs £35, or whether you want a mid-range hotel like Jurys Inn for £59 per night. Students may prefer dorm-style rooms in hostels like the Central Backpackers Hostel at £14 per night, while those planning a special vacation will love the city's luxury hotels such as Malmaison at Oxford Castle, a former prison where rooms start at £90 or the Old Parsonage, one of the city's top hotels at £174 per night for a double room.

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Shopping Streets

Visit Cowley Street, Oxford's answer to Brick Lane in London, for thrift shops and vintage clothing or browse small one-of-a-kind shops selling everything from cakes to glassware at England's oldest covered market on High Street. While you're on High Street, pick up Oxford University sweatshirts and souvenirs from the University of Oxford Shop. All the leading UK clothing, accessory, and electrical brands can be found at The Clarendon Centre and Templars Square Shopping Centre.

Groceries and Other

Shop for food and basics at supermarket chains like Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Morrison's where you'll pay £2.12 for 12 eggs and £0.82 for a liter of milk. Many neighborhood grocery stores are open late for last-minute items. Baby products, prescriptions, and toiletries can be purchased in pharmacy chains like Lloyd's and Boots.

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Where to Eat in Oxford

Visit G&D's for the best ice cream in Oxford. The original branch at Clarendon Street is a city institution and popular flavors include Oxford Blue (blueberry), Turkish Delight, and Crunchie bar. If you're in need of a little more sustenance you can tuck into pizza with a pint of beer at the Rickety Press for £10, or enjoy a three-course dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse for £55.