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Famed for its “dreaming spires”, Oxford is a charming, attractive city with more than a thousand years of fascinating history - plus some modern delights - to keep visitors enthralled.

Why go?

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In the county of Oxfordshire in south-central England, Oxford contains examples of almost every kind of English architecture. The best way to savour its beauty is to simply wander or hire a bike and cycle around the ancient, cobbled streets - especially as parking in central Oxford is hard to find.

Sightseers flock to the hushed quadrangles and honey-coloured buildings of the University of Oxford, but the city boasts a host of other attractions, such as punting on the Rivers Cherwell or Thames (also known as the Isis) and visiting captivating museums such as the Pitt Rivers Museum. Add in some classic English pubs, top-notch dining and great shopping - and it becomes clear why Oxford is so popular with tourists from overseas.

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Where to stay?

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Hotels in Oxford are generally pleasant if somewhat limited, with the abundance of day-trippers making lots of hotels unnecessary. This is both a blessing and a curse: a blessing for Oxford, which isn't overrun by cheap chain hotels, and a curse for visitors, who can sometimes struggle to find good-value accommodation.

The good news, though, is that Oxford hotels are often located in stunning buildings with intriguing histories and stylish, comfortable rooms. Lovers of luxury will also find boutique-style hotels, while those on a budget should check out the city's guesthouses and B&Bs.

Some of the very finest hotels in Oxford are on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by lush countryside, and offering excellent dining and sumptuous rooms. These hotels can easily be reached by car. However, if you want to see Oxford at its best, stay as centrally as possible so that you can hit the sights early, before day-trippers and students take over the streets.

For well-known hotel brands look out for Malmaison, Travelodge, Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn, Best Western, De Vere, Macdonald, Mercure and Holiday Inn.

What to see?

Pick a central Oxford hotel and you can reach any of these crowd-pleasers with ease...

Top five attractions

Radcliffe Camera

One of the highlights of Oxford, this is a visually stunning 18th-century landmark building.

Punting on the river

What could be more civilised than a gentle glide along the River Cherwell as you take in Oxford's fine sights?

New College

The delightful building housing New College or, if you prefer its proper title, The Warden and Scholars of St Mary's College of Winchester in Oxford.

Christ Church

History oozes from the exquisite stonework of this huge institution, which has educated some of England's finest minds.

The Ashmolean

This deeply fascinating museum of art and archaeology boasts particularly superb ancient Egyptian exhibits.

What's on?

Get a feel for Oxford and the English countryside when you attend any of these top annual events...

Oxford Literary Festival; March/April: Hundreds of authors and public figures from the world of literature gather in the city to pay homage to the written word. Bookworms will love it.

Thame and Oxfordshire County Show; July: The historic annual agricultural show celebrates all the rural traditions of this quintessential English county. Head for the food hall to sample some of Britain's best country produce. The event is held in Thame, just a 30-minute drive from Oxford.

St Giles's Fair; September: An unusual little fair held for two days each year in the city centre, where streets are taken over by fairground rides and candy floss.