Wilde called it the ‘most beautiful thing in England’, Yeats said it’s so pretty that one would expect its residents ‘to sing instead of speak’, and Matthew Arnold called it that ‘sweet city with her dreaming spires’.
What will your lasting impression be?
There’s little we can write about Oxford that hasn’t been said better by someone smarter than us. So rather than wax lyrical about the whole thing, we want to take you there to see it with your own eyes.
Whether it's dusted in snow, glowing in the late afternoon sun, or snuggling up to a cosy rainstorm, Oxford is a dream destination.
Wander the canal and you'll see more than ducks and dogs and beautiful scenery. You'll see locals who love where they live. Explore the streets and you'll likely lose yourself in the treasure-trove shops. Feel closer to history as you step inside one of Oxford's famous colleges.
What will you do first?
The university is around 1,000 years old and is one of the best in the world. This makes the whole town beautiful, ancient, and full of interesting facts.
Harry Potter, X-Men, the Italian Job: many world-class movies have been filmed in Oxford. Search for the sets and transport yourself to imaginary worlds in the little cobbled lanes.