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|The City of Oxford is a fascinating blend of Ancient and Modern|
Oxford is situated 57 miles (c 91 Km) north-west of London and is served by a regular fast train service and frequent coach services. Oxford is 45 miles (c 72 km) from London Heathrow Airport and 80 miles (c 129 km) from London Gatwick Airport and is best reached from either airport by the airport bus service. It is unwise to take a taxi from London or either of the airports to Oxford without first having ascertained the cost. In the UK they drive on the left, so take care when crossing roads.
Access to the city centre by car is very restricted. Parking in Oxford is extremely difficult as all the central area is a controlled zone; there are no 24-hour car parks, and car park charges are high.
Established as a town in the 9th century, the 'city of dreaming spires' is famously home ot the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Impressive historic buildings and monuments, dating from the 11th century, bring Oxford's remarkable heritage to life. University architecture - such as its colleges, libraries and musems - spans eight centuries. Modern-day Oxford is a virant and cosmopolitan city with a busy cultural and social scene. Visitors and locals alike have access to a wide variety of plays and shows, concerts, films and exhibitons. There are also planty of open spaces such as parks and gardens, and riverside walks to enjoy. There is a wealth of restaurants and bars to meet all tastes, and an electic mix of chain sotres and specialist shops.
Oxford is a thriving centre not just for tourism but also for businesses such as publishing, car manufacturing and hi-tech industry. The population of Oxford was 152.450 in 2019 mid-year estimate, plus 32,930 students enrolled for full-time studies in two universities (University of Oxford and Brookes University).
By Public Transport from London
Two companies operate services from London to Oxford. Both companies provide a departure at least every fifteen minutes from London during the day and at least every thirty minutes during the evenings. The prices for either company are more than £13.00 single, and more than £17.00 period return. The journey time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes depending on traffic congestion. Please note both bus companies restrict passengers to 2 pieces of luggage. The services are Non-smokig.
Oxford Tube – www.oxfordtube.com – tel: (01865) 772250 (+44 1865 from overseas). The bus called the ‘Oxford Tube’ is a daily, 24-hour service. It departs from Grosvenor Gardens (close to Victoria Railway Station), then picks up at Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd’s Bush (Kensington Hilton) and Hillingdon (Hillingdon Health Centre).
Oxford Espress – https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org– Tel: (01865) 785400 (+44 1865 from overseas). The Oxford Bus Company’s ‘Espress’ is a daily, 24-hour service. It departs from Victoria Coach Station (Gate 10) then picks up at Buckingham Palace Road (Stop 11), Marble Ach (Stop 14B), Gloucester Place (near Marylebone Road; Stop Q) and Hillingdon (Hillingdon Health Centre).
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