The historic city of Oxford is situated in the south of England, in the rural county of Oxfordshire. Oxford University is one of the top academic institutions in the world, and visitors are drawn to the city's heritage and beautiful architecture. A popular holiday destination for walkers and cyclists, there are many options for hotels in the city which has a thriving tourist industry. Oxford has one of the fastest growing populations in the UK, which has caused many prestigious companies to relocate to the city. Oxford was first settled by the Saxons, and the name means 'Ford of the Oxen'. The River Thames and the River Cherwell run through the picturesque city, and it is possible to take pleasure boat cruises from the centre.
Setting up your business here
Oxford is a great location to set up business due to its proximity to London and the rest of southern-central England. The city is close to the M40 motorway, which runs directly to London and Birmingham. Oxford has a diverse economy including motor manufacturing, education, and the renowned publishing house the Oxford University Press. There are a large number of information technology and science-based businesses in the city including Sophos and Oxford Instruments. The Oxford Science Park was established in the 1990s and is a centre for research and innovation.
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Things to do in Oxford
There are two shopping centres in the city centre, the Clarendon Centre and the Westgate Centre which is soon to be redeveloped. For lovers of history, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology was the world's first university museum, and was built in 1678. The Bodleian Library is another historic landmark linked to the university and the impressive Christ Church Cathedral is a popular destination for visitors. Oxford is a favoured destination for evening entertainment, with the Sheldonian Theatre and the New Theatre showing many famous plays. The picturesque waterfront is a great spot for a light lunch or evening meal. The Waterfront Café is open all day, and the Quod Brasserie provides sumptuous evening meals with the option for private dining and corporate events. There are several bars ideal for an after-work drink, and the Jericho Tavern is a popular choice with the locals. Leisurely weekends in Oxford can be spent sightseeing and walking in the scenic local countryside, taking a cruise on the Thames or a tour of the university buildings.
- Tube lines: N/A
- Mainline stations: Oxford
- Nearest motorways: M40, M4, A34
- Nearest airports: Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted
- Other: Frequent coaches run to London and other UK cities, and there is a park and ride system operating in the city