Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
You can go punting past the Botanic Garden and fishing at Blenheim Palace, then enjoy mouthwatering modern cuisine at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and see great 21st-century art at Modern Art Oxford. Oxfordshire is far enough away from London to have real countryside calm, but it also has the confidence and character that comes from having a world-renowned centre of learning at its heart.
When to go
This part of the country is beautiful whatever the season, but it can get a bit tourist-heavy during the summer. And keep away from Henley in the first weekend of July – the Regatta’s on, and the place will be packed.
PlanesLondon's Heathrow airport is about an hour away from Oxford by car | Gatwick a little further – about 90 minutes.
TrainsTrains run to Oxford from London Paddington every 20 minutes during the day. They’re almost as frequent in the evenings; the journey takes about an hour. There are no direct services from Heathrow or Gatwick, but travelling via London, you’ll still be in Oxfordshire within two hours.
AutomobilesOxford’s an hour west of London along the M40, and 90 minutes from Bristol via the M4 and A420.
TaxisEven outside Oxford train station, it can be hard to find a cab. Ask your hotel for details of a good local company and book ahead.