Situated in central southern England and 57 miles north-west of London, Oxford is one of England’s greatest cities and the county town of Oxfordshire. It is the 52nd largest city in England with an estimated population in 2016 of 170,350 and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. Oxford is one of the world’s most famous university cities and revolves around the well renowned University of Oxford. Established in the 12th century, the prestigious university and its beautiful 38 colleges have helped Oxford become known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold. Although steeped in history and studded with beautiful buildings, Oxford maintains the feel of a young city, thanks to its large student population.
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You will find the best places to photograph are situated in close proximity to the centre of Oxford and it may be helpful to stay overnight in one of the City’s hotels. The elegant honey-toned buildings of the university’s diverse colleges and main sights are scattered throughout the city, yet can easily be visited during one or two days. A weekend city break is ideal to cover the city.
If you have more time, allow a few extra days exploring the city, the tranquil courtyards inside the colleges and a visit to Blenheim Palace or Brill.
Oxford is a very safe place to visit. Getting to and from the city is relatively easy. There are buses connecting to the city from Kidlington and Bicester to the north, Headington to the east, Cowley to the south and Witney to the west. Parking is available if you choose to drive at St Giles, the Westgate Shopping Centre and Park End Street. Mobile networks and coverage are excellent with ample places to charge your devices. Be sure to bring a tripod, wide angle and standard lenses to cover the range of spectacular sights.