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Oxford is not just a university town; it's THE university town. Elegant, old-fashioned, and endlessly charming, it’s the idyllic England that has inspired films and books from Brideshead Revisited to Harry Potter. Some of the most eminent politicians, authors, and poets have emerged over the centuries from its ivory towers, and while walking amongst the mortarboards and gowns, you can hear snippets of conversations on everything from politics to philosophy.
It’s a pocket-sized city steeped in history and culture, with an emerging modern edge of galleries, exciting restaurants, and boutique hotels. What’s more: It’s a mere 50 minutes from Paddington, making it perfect for a weekend jaunt.