Oxford is one of the United Kingdom's most famous cities, and even if you know it only from photographs you'll find it instantly recognisable, like Rome or Paris. Its noble, iconic buildings, wide thoroughfares and old pubs have been the setting for numerous movies and TV series, from Harry Potter to Inspector Morse, and the city makes a wonderful and indeed magical destination for a visit of any length. Stay in one of Oxford's many excellent guesthouses, B&Bs or plush hotels and have a thoroughly enjoyable time amongst the dreaming spires.
Most of Oxford's many great attractions are just a stroll away from the city's railway station and can be easily accessed from your hotel, wherever it may be located. Park-and-Ride is the best way to get in to Oxford if your accommodation is outside the city, and after that you can access just about everything on foot. Ancient colleges, shops, covered markets and buildings such as Wren's Sheldonian Theatre are must-see attractions here and they're all pretty much packed into a relatively small area. From your hotel or B&B in Oxfordshire everything is just a short walk away after you've parked the car and taken the shuttle bus in.
Oxford has been the backdrop to so many TV series that it may seem unnervingly familiar even if it's your first time here. There are official guides that will take you round the sets of series like Morse, to the blood-spattered streets of Jericho and many other iconic sites. But in addition to the gore and dead bodies there are other and rather brighter sides to this famous city! The old colleges of the university are always stunning, and you also have venues for viewing some of the best Pre-Raphaelite artworks of the Victorian age. Dorothy L Sayers and Iris Murdoch are great fictional guides, setting many of their books in Oxford, and it's easy to understand why when you experience the glamour, mystery, charm and sheer beauty of the city for yourself. Stay at a hotel such as the Malmaison Oxford and have a truly splendid time here.