Dream of dreaming spires and it could only be Oxford - city of scholars, colleges, perfectly manicured quadrangles... and Inspector Morse.
As befits a student city, nightlife (and daylife) is plentiful and varied. Idyllic countryside and picturesque riverside walks abound, helping make this one of the UK’s most beautiful spots to stop, stare and come back for more.
Three train operators use Oxford Station, enabling you to get here from across southern England and beyond. First Great Western operates regular direct services from London Paddington to Oxford, and onwards to Hereford, as well as to Banbury on the Cherwell Valley Line. CrossCountry links Oxford with destinations as diverse as Newcastle, Bournemouth, Manchester and Reading, while Chiltern Railways operates a more limited service to and from Birmingham.
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It’s difficult not to fall in love with Oxford’s dazzling academic architecture, and the tranquillity of its colleges. Combine this with the Ashmolean Museum, the Natural History Museum and the redeveloped quarter around the old prison (now a smart Malmaison hotel), not to mention a classic punt on the Isis, and you’ll see why Oxford is more than a venerable seat of learning.
Oxford station itself is comparatively new (rebuilt in 1990), with a range of through and stopping services to spot. But it’s south from the city that you should head for one of the modern delights of the steam age – the Didcot Railway Centre, adjacent to Didcot Parkway mainline station, which brings together a set of beautifully preserved GWR locomotives, many of which are still in operational service on its regular steam days.
Oxford Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/oxf.html
Didcot Railway Centre - http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/
3 Turl St
Oxfordshire OX1 3DX