Last Updated: 23rd Dec 2013
Although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years, this English town is most famous for it’s University, and, although the town has been a home to royalty, for over 800 years Oxford University has been a name linked to academic excellence throughout the Western world.
Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University and traditions the city is very much a hi-tech community not only at the University but also in the Science and Business Parks and residential areas in the city.
With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all.
Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. Some even claim it is the oldest still operating university in the world. The University’s reputation draws the best students from all over the world and almost a quarter of the students are from overseas. With over 18,000 students, Oxford is very much a university town.
The halls and grounds have played host to countless historical figures and events including Henry VIII, Charles I, John Locke and Edmund Halley.
Most Contiki Tours staying in Oxford offer an optional Oxford Walking Tour thats gives you loads of historical insight into the city as well as seeing more fun sights like where Inspector Morse hung out and where parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed.