Oxford is one of the UK's most famous and historic cities. For many tourists the lure of the university colleges and the city's classic architecture are a highlight of a stay in an Oxford hotel. The city was once evocatively called "the city of dreaming spires" in reference to the harmonious way the multitude of architectural styles blend together to give Oxford its enduring appeal. A short break at one of the many hotels in Oxford can be spent doing a multitude of activities from walking tours, to shopping or simply taking a leisurely punt down the River Cherwell.
Oxford is particularly famous for its university, which comprises of 38 colleges and was founded in the 11th century - making it the oldest university in the English speaking world. Visiting the colleges is one of the main tourist attractions and among the most famous are Christ and Magdalen - the former provided a supposed influence for the interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and books. It is also possible to see some of the colleges by taking a punt down the river, which is a very relaxing way of enjoying the city and the Botanic Gardens provide a luscious backdrop for much of the trip.
With its student population and thriving cultural scene, Oxford has fantastic entertainment and nightlife options. In summer and early autumn, there are a number of music and cultural festivals in and around the city and many of the Oxford hotels provide great bases from which to enjoy all the action. The city centre is full of great restaurants, bars and clubs - which make for a great night out.
For those looking to venture further afield, the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside has some of the most attractive scenery and villages anywhere in the UK. The hotels in Oxford are ideal for discovering all this county has to offer.