Oxford is a large
city in Oxfordshire and has a total population of nearly 150,000
people. Oxford is often referred to as the City of Dreaming Spires
as a reference to the complimentary architecture used by the
university buildings. The University of Oxford is famous for being
the oldest university in England.
In addition to the University of Oxford the city has another popular
university, Oxford Brookes University. The University achieved
university status in 1991 and since then has been voted the best new
university in the United Kingdom.
The suburb of Cowley, in Oxford, has an illustrious history in the
car-making industry. Several classic cars by Rover, Triumph, Morris,
Austin and BMW Mini have all been produced in the town.
Oxford is a very popular city to visit. Tourists can enjoy many
landmarks and attractions including the Covered Market (which
contains several tourist shops), Carfax Tower, Christ Church
Cathedral, the Museum of Oxford and the Oxford Museum of Modern Art.
Oxford is famous for being the base of several literary names
including Lewis Carrol, P.D. James, Colin Dextor, T.E. Lawrence, C.S.
Lewis, Ian McEwan, Philip Pullman and J.R.R. Tolkien.
There are several cultural venues in oxford including The Oxford
Playhouse on Beaumont Street, Pegasus Theatre, Burton Taylor
Theatre, New Theatre as well as several cinemas including two Odeon
Cinemas and the Vue Cinema.
Transport links to Oxford are very good, partly because it is only
50 miles away from London on the A40. Oxford is also close to
Birmingham and the Midlands making it a popular commuting location.
Local bus services (operated by Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus
Company) operate local services locally and to London.
By rail, the Oxford Railway Station operates services to London
Paddington, Birmingham, Banbury and Coventry. The Oxford Canal is
still in operation and connects to the River Thames although these
days it is mainly used by leisure boats and craft.
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