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Oxford, the "city of dreaming spires", is a vibrant metropolis with a growing hi-tech community that amazingly kept its old-warm charm as seen in the concentration of Gothic architecture that lies throughout the city. Oxford is the oldest University City in England, situated some 50 miles (80 km) to the west of the capital London, and located on the rivers Cherwell and Thames/Isis.

Oxford is home to the Englandís oldest university, which may date back to 1096, nowadays, Oxford University has 39 colleges. The city has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the university and its colleges. Among their highlights are Christ Church college and cathedral (birthplace of Alice in Wonderland); the Carfax Tower; the Taylor Institution; the Sheldonian Theatre; the Bodleian Library, which is the second largest library in the country; Hertford Collegeís Bridge of Sighs, whose design was based on the Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice; Magdalen College which was the learning school of Oscar Wilde; the world-class Ashmolean Museum (Britain's oldest museum); the Museum of Modern Art; the Pitt Rivers Museum; the Oxford Playhouse; the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments; the Oxford Story and the Museum of Oxford.

Important festivals in Oxford include the Garsington Opera festival and the periodically held Oxford Coffee Concerts.

Oxford is the city that inspired Alice in Wonderland; the Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien); the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis); Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame); His Dark Materials trilogy (Philip Pullman) and The Children of Men (P. D. James).

Many former Oxford students have become famous authors: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Dr. Samuel Johnson, John Donne, Percy Shelley, T.S. Eliot, T. E. Lawrence, John Galsworthy, Philip Pullman, John Buchan, W.H. Auden, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy L. Sayers, Robert Graves, A.E. Housman and Evelyn Waugh, among others.

Oxford has a vibrant shopping and commercial area with hundreds of independent shops; is also a book loverís paradise with dozens of antiquarian, specialist and new book shops. Oxford is an excellent gastronomic spot; the city has an amazing range of restaurants and cafes selling gastronome delights. More restaurants are to be found in the Jericho area. Pubs are plentiful due to the huge student population. Indie Bands such as Supergrass and Radiohead launched in Oxford.

Recently, Oxford has been the setting for Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.

Oxford has plenty of options for getting there and away, it is linked to London, the capital of England, by the 50 mile (80 km) south-eastern stretch of the M40 motorway. Oxford is accessible via train from London's Paddington station, the trip takes only one hour, the city has a large train station situated in the western part of the city (south of Jericho).

There are frequent coach services (every 8-10 minutes at peak hours) between Oxford and London operated by Oxford Bus Company, Oxford Express and Stagecoach/The Oxford Tube. Parking in Oxford is a nightmare and also expensive, drivers are strongly advised to use the five Park & Ride service on major routes leading in to town.

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