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Oxford is a popular county in the south of England steeped in history and tradition. Oxford is internationally recognised for its distinguished Oxford University, which is the oldest English speaking University in the world. Oxford is also know for a whole host of sights and activities including Michelin-star restaurants, traditional English pubs, green open spaces and tourist attractions from famous franchises such as Harry Potter, James Bond and Downton Abbey.
Take a stroll along the tranquil Oxford canal or walk down the Main Street to see the many cafes and restaurants offering Afternoon Tea. You can also take a visit to Crocodiles of the world, which is the world's oldest public museum. You also have the option to Visit Bicester Village, which is the world's most popular luxury shopping outlet.
There is no better way to see the city than booking a car hire in Oxford. Searching for the best value for car hire can often be very tricky, Auto Europe is here is to help find the most competitive prices quick and easy. Oxford is only one and a quarter hour drive from the buzzing capital of London. It is very common for people to bring their rental car to London for a day to avail of the vast amount of sights, activities and culture London has to offer. Many people who enjoy exploring the University city of Oxford, often enjoy visiting Cambridge. Cambridge is also a well know University City with loads to offer. With your rental car, Cambridge is just under a two hour drive away.
Unless you know Oxford very well, it is very difficult to drive into and through Oxford. There is a lot of restricted access, heavy traffic, bus lanes and no left turns, all of which can make driving around very complicated. Fines for infringements range from GBP 60.00 and cameras are frequent. However, for the county of Oxfordshire itself, there is no better way to travel around than with a car hire.
Although there are numerous official car parks within Oxford city, it is recommended to use the Park and Ride services provided. This is especially true between the busy months of April and September, where the city car parks can become full quickly. The Park and Ride service allows you to leave your car in one of the five available car parks near the ring road and then catch the bus into town. This service runs 24/7. This is a great option, should you pick-up your car hire from Oxford but find it difficult to park within the city. On road pay and display parking is also available within Oxford, although this can be tricky to find and can become costly.
Although Oxfordshire has London Oxford Airport, this is a private airport that provides general and business aviation only. Due to this, London Heathrow Airport is the closest airport to the city of Oxford. A coach service called `the airline` allows visitors to travel directly from Heathrow to Oxford with a journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
Heathrow Airport - (LHR)
Heathrow Airport is an international airport located approximately 19 miles to the west of Central Oxford.
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Oxford has a variety of day trips to enable you to embrace the culture that Englandhas to offer. These include: A popular day trip to Highclere Castle. This castle is where the popular TV show Downton Abbey is set. This is a beautiful country estate owned by the Earl of Carnarvon. This is just under a four hour drive from Oxford. Only 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Oxford, and always a popular day trip is London. The capital city has so much to offer and has something for everybody. Activities in London include major attractions such as The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, The West End, Oxford Street the Tower of London along with much more.
Windsor is also a very popular day trip destination from Oxford. The main attractions include Windsor castle. This is a breathtaking castle which has been the family home for the British royals for over one thousand years. Windsor Great Park is also a popular attraction while in Windsor.
Bath is also a popular destination with plenty of tourist attractions. It is known for its natural hot springs and wonderful Georgian architecture. The main places to visit in Bath are the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Kennet and Avon Canal and Pulteney Bridge.
Cambridge is a popular destination for people who like Oxford. It is a city well known for its prestigious University, history and Culture. The main attractions in Cambridge are The University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, River Cam, Imperial War Museum Duxford and Ely Cathedral.
Althorp is one of the great country estates in the UK. Today, it is recognized as the childhood home of Princess Diana. It was also previously recognized for being the home of Lady Georgiana Spencer. Princess Diana was also buried on the grounds of Althorp.
Oxford city is located within the county of Oxfordshire, in the Southeast of England. It is 57 miles/92 kilometers from London, UK´s capital, and 24 miles from the city of Reading. Oxford covers an area of 17.6 sq miles, while the majority of the city being open space(52%)- the remaining urban area being highly developed. Much of Oxford is located within Green Belt land which allows for a much greener and pleasant city. The river Thames and Cherwell pass through the city, which feeds smaller streams and canals (Oxford Canal and Castle Mill Stream) before meeting south of the city centre.
You can also explore more of the countryside with the breathtaking Cotswolds and its stunning town and villages nearby. We highly recommend a visit to Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. All of which can be easily reached with a car rental in Oxford.
Oxford originated on the upper reaches of the River Thames at its junction with the River Cherwell. When the University of Oxford was created in the 12th century, Oxford became known as a University town. Oxford was one of the many towns affected by the English Reformation, resulting in becoming a city. Oxford has since continued to grow and has now developed well past the University town it once was.
In addition to the operating park and ride service and express bus network, the city of Oxford and Oxfordshire itself have a good and extensive bus network. Within the city of Oxford, The Oxford bus Company provides this service. Stagecoach also offers a local bus service together with the coach service to London Victoria.
From GBP 15.00 per adult, the City Sightseeing Bus enables you to explore Oxford and its main attractions at leisure. With the ability to hop on and off as you wish, this is a great way to view the city at your own pace. Two routes exist and departure is every 10/15 minutes.
The railroads also run through Oxfordshire and are excellent way to cover more ground quickly. Great Western Railways provide a service from London Paddington Station to Worchester, stopping at Oxford and numerous other stations on route. Chiltern Railways, provides a train service between London Marylebone and Oxford Station- again, stopping at various stations on-route. However, many people choose to travel to London with their rental car. Before you head of on your Oxford adventure it might be useful to read up on driving information guidelines in the UK first.