Oxford

Known as one of England’s most romantic cities and its university city, Oxford is truly a must-visit. Just an hour away by train, Oxford is the perfect destination if you’re looking to take a quick day trip from London. The compact city is best explored by foot or bike. You’ll probably notice right away that Oxford is a city built around the university. It’s the oldest university in the English-speaking world and remains a very popular draw amongst visitors.
Christ Church is Oxford’s largest college and is located right in the middle of town. Taking a guided walking tour is helpful as the university is large and widespread with a lot of history–it’s Hogwarts in real life–that shouldn’t be missed. Aside from the university, Oxford has much to explore. Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO world heritage site and an 18th-century structure that represents a victory over French troops. If shopping is your thing, roam Covered Market where you’ll find traders selling everything from food to handmade goods. 

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