The BrmmBrmm Motoring Guide to Oxford
Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is a cosmopolitan city in the central southern area of England. Famous for, and dominated by its University and historical excellence, it is just a few miles from the beautiful Cotswolds, and you will not be disappointed I am sure. With a population of over 150,000, it has a varied economic base with industries such as education, publishing, motor manufacturing and a growing number of information technology and science based businesses, to provide a great balance between the ancient and modern.
With a wide range of historical buildings, colleges, 39 in all, ranging from the superbly historic such as the 16th Century Bodleian Library to Christ Church with its huge Tom Quad and Tom Tower. One of the best ways to see some of this spectacular architecture is from the River Cherwell, on a punt! Quietly meandering down the river soaking in the atmosphere. There are museums alongside theatres and such an array of shops, bistros and bars you will not be short of ways to fill your time.
While your first thought of Oxford would, understandably, be of its educational heritage, it also has a very different side to it. The car plants of Cowley to the south of the centre, produced the first mass-produced cars in the 1920’s, and while in recent years there have been more downs than ups, these plants are still vitally important to the area and its history. See our Special Feature on the History of Oxford page for more information.
The M4 and M40 provide easy access from London and the M40 also links Oxford to Birmingham from the north.