Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over. For more than 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, although people are known to have lived in the area for literally thousands of years. Oxford is renowned as one of England’s two great university towns, steeped in history and tradition.
The university is not a campus but a collection of 36 colleges and 5 halls scattered around the city centre alongside the shops and offices of commercial Oxford. Today the university accounts for almost 15,000 of Oxford’s 115,000 total population.
The streets, houses, colleges, churches and chapels of Oxford represent a carefully documented catalogue of English history. The centre of the city has 900 buildings of architectural or historic interest. The Carfax Tower is all that remains of the 14th century church of St. Martin: it provides a splendid view of the dreaming spires of Oxford.
Oxford offers the quiet pleasures of a small town with the sophistication and intelligence of a college community. Vibrant, clever, young people, loads of tradition and a direct bus line straight to the heart of London –– Oxford has it all.