With its world famous university, a multitude of shops, theatres and cinemas and a splendid variety of architecture among its historic buildings, Oxford is a major draw for tourists, attracting over nine million visitors a year.
Architectural highlights include the iconic Radcliffe Camera and the world famous Oxford University buildings, the harmonious architecture of the latter having earned Oxford the name "city of dreaming spires".
A range of recreational activities are popular in the city's abundant green spaces, as is punting on the Rivers Thames, Isis and Cherwell.
The city is also associated with a multitude of well-known authors, many of whom have connections to the university, and has produced numerous successful bands and musicians.
In terms of economy, Oxford has a long history of brewing and car-making, and now produces the BMW MINI.
Oxford Essential Information
A quick introduction to Oxford with links to further information.
Getting around Oxford
What you need to know about getting to and around Oxford via car, rail, plane and on the Thames.
History of Oxford
A short summary of Oxford's history and the role that the university has played throughout.
About the University of Oxford
A brief introduction to the world-renowned University of Oxford with a collection of articles about it.
Education in Oxford
A look at the schools, colleges and two universities providing education facilities to people in Oxford.
Read more about Oxford in the About Oxford section.