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Oxfordshire is a large county in South East England, on the southern fringes of the West Midlands, bordered by Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. Straddling the upper reaches of the Thames River valley west of the Chilterns, Oxfordshire is home to the ancient university city of Oxford and vast areas of archetypal English landscape, studded with fascinating towns and villages, many along the River Thames.

Cities, towns and villages[edit]

Map of Oxfordshire


  • Oxford - ancient cathedral and university city, county town of Oxfordshire



Other destinations[edit]

  • Bladon - close to Woodstock, a small picturesque village and church, burial place of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Blenheim Palace - one of the great stately homes of England and a popular destination
  • Cotswolds [1] is a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty which includes part of Oxfordshire.
  • Kelmscott Manor in Kelmscott, the home of writer and Arts and Crafts designer William Morris
  • Woodstock - an historic village just north of Oxford, location of Blenheim Palace
  • Whitehorse Hill - the highest point in Oxfordshire, in the Vale of White Horse, reaching 261m (856 ft).
  • Sulgrave Manor [2] - Near Banbury


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By plane[edit]

The nearest large airports for Oxfordshire are London Heathrow International and Birmingham International. There is a direct coach link between LHR and Reading Train station. Reading is just south of Oxfordshire and provides a direct train link to Oxford and many other parts of the county.

By train[edit]

Oxford is connected to regular train services from, Birmingham New Street, London Paddington and Worcester. Didcot Parkway station is connected to Oxford, and is also a stop on the main line between London and Bristol. Bicester and Thame are also connected to London Marylebone, in one direction, connecting with the Oxford-Birmingham line at Banbury.

By road[edit]

The M40 motorway provides the fastest access to Oxfordshire from both London and Birmingham. The M4 motorway, although not running inside of Oxfordshire is just south of the county in Berkshire and provides a good link from the West Country (Bath, Bristol, Wales) or London for those heading to the southern part of the county.

By bus[edit]

Oxford is connected by regular buses to London's Victoria Coach Station, and to Cambridge via Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Bedford. All of the local airports are connected, with the most frequent connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Get around[edit]

There are bus services from Oxford to each of the major towns in the county, as well as important towns in neighbouring counties like Aylesbury, Swindon, and Cheltenham. There are also railway connections along the Cotswold line toward Worcester, this being the only railway line across the Cotswolds. There are regular stopping trains servicing the line between Oxford and London Paddington, and also a service to London Marylebone via Bicester.

Buses can be infrequent to non-existent in rural areas, and often do not run an evening service. However, villages on the roads between major towns tend to have more reasonable services.

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  • the Oxfordshire Cotswolds [3] - the county enjoys a large portion of the famed Cotswolds region within its boundaries, second only to Gloucestershire
  • many of the villages of Oxfordshire were the locations for the TV series, "Inspector Morse" and "Midsomer Murders".

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Stay safe[edit]

Oxfordshire is, on the whole, one of the safest counties in England (as regards both people and the environment), however Oxford city has higher levels of crime than the national average (for all major crime types) [4] and visitors should be cautious when wandering around certain parts the city at night.

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