Best known for its world-famous university and forest of ochre spires, Oxford is a grand old place steeped in privilege and prestige. The large student population keeps the atmosphere young and fresh, though there’s no shortage of history if you want it. Highlights include several museums, punting along the River Isis and the 30 colleges that make up the university – the most famous of which are Christ Church and Magdalen.
A tour of the university colleges is a must – Harry Potter fans will recognize various locations used in the movies. Blenheim Palace, a monumental residence and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, is a short bus ride or drive from the city.
Trains from London Marylebone and London Paddington to Oxford run several times an hour, and the journey time is about an hour. You can also take a coach, called the Oxford Tube, from several locations in London. Driving time is around two hours.