Nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford is a charmingly compact city with a truly magical feel. Home to one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious universities, there is no shortage of history. Oxford boasts 1,500 listed buildings and stunning architecture from the medieval to the modern day, including churches, museums and the university’s beautiful colleges, many of which are open to the public. However, this historic city is not without modern amenities. There is an array of restaurants, boutique shops, cool bars and traditional English pubs to enjoy. Set within picturesque countryside in the heart of Southern England, a trip to Oxford promises a relaxing, rural escape with all the vibrancy of a city break.
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Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
UAE nationals travelling to the UK for stays of up to 6 months can apply online for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). For further information, please go to www.uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/uk
The University of Oxford
The city’s unique and celebrated institution is made up of Thirty-eight colleges, each with a rich heritage and distinct identity. You can visit the grounds of most for free, although some charge a small fee. There are official, guided walking tours around the colleges if visitors wish to learn more about their fascinating history. Why not browse a selection and choose your favourite? The Great Hall at Christchurch College inspired the Harry Potter movies, while St Hilda’s occupies an enviable position beside the River Cherwell. Or perhaps you will be captivated by Hertford college’s distinct ‘Bridge of Sighs’?
The stunning Bodleian Library has been the place of study for generations of famous scholars and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The university also boasts the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain, which includes a charming walled garden and glasshouses.
Oxford has an eclectic offering for the discerning shopper, including well-loved brands, boutiques and speciality food shops. There is a family-owned department store, Boswell’s, a delightful covered market selling locally-made goods and various souvenir shops bursting with university-themed memorabilia. For a luxury shopping experience, venture out of the city to Bicester Village – an exclusive outlet of world-renowned designer brands and luxury boutiques.
The city has a strong theatrical background and is home to various acclaimed theatres, including the Oxford Playhouse, the Grade I-listed Sheldonian Theatre and the super-cool and intimate Burton Taylor Studio. Enjoy drama, comedy, music and even outdoor performances of Shakespeare in the summer months.
The neighbouring countryside offers ample opportunity for various outdoor activities, including walking, cycling and horse-riding. Water-based sports are hugely popular in the area, particularly rowing. Soak up the competitive atmosphere at one of the university’s race events or for a slower paced ride on the river, try punting – a delightful way to see the city’s splendid bridges in a traditional, flat-bottomed boat, propelled by a long pole. There is also an outdoor pool in Hinksey Park just outside the city centre that has been a much-loved local attraction since 1934 and is perfect to cool off during the summer months.
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