When contemplating taking a vacation in Great Britain the majority of visitors settle upon having a London city break. Obviously the capital of England is where you will discover a few of the best tourist attractions in Great Britain most of which being amongst the most famous on this planet. However if you want to discover the quintessential England you actually need to travel beyond London’s boundary. Fortunately you are not required to go very far as Oxfordshire is just roughly 50 miles away.
Whereas settlements comparable to Bath date back to Roman times, the part of England we call Oxfordshire was not considered important and the county did not really begin to grow in importance until the eighth century. Oxford, Oxfordshire’s county town, is renowned for being where you will find the oldest university in the English speaking world, Oxford University.
Usually accepted as being an educational centre from round the year 1096 it was mentioned first during the 12th century. At present the town can boast a variety of colleges all having amazing architecture and the town is home to buildings which represent each single period of architecture from Saxon times.
Also Oxford still has many of the early traditions and customs frequently referred to as “town and gown”. Since the creation of nearby Cambridge University an intense, bur friendly, rivalry has existed between the two universities best witnessed in the annual Oxford & Cambridge boat race.
Around the county of Oxfordshire you will discover plenty of picturesque small villages. Popular places to take a look at include; Bicester, Banbury, Abingdon and Henley-on-Thames. other towns to visit include; Thame, Chipping Norton, Didcot and Shillingford, and also the villages of Cholsey and Shiplake.
Oxfordshire is home to a great many museums and art galleries for example; University Museum of Natural History in Oxford, Museum of Oxford, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Museum of the History of Science. Other museums of interest include; Didcot Railway Centre, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Bus Museum, River and Rowing Museum as well as Witney and District Museum, Abingdon County Hall Museum, Cogges Manor Farm Museum and Vale and Downland Museum and others.
The countryside in Oxfordshire is truly beautiful and there are a great deal of places of beauty to spend a little time however this part of England also features an impressive number of gardens and parks including; Evenley Wood Garden, Hidcote Manor Garden, Oxford Botanic Gardens and Kiftsgate Court Gardens plus lots and lots more.
If you are needing Oxfordshire bed and breakfast you may discover that hotels in Oxford can sometimes be a little expensive unless you book a room on the outskirts of the city. Alternatively look for guest houses in some of the close by towns which are commonly cheaper.