Oxford – the United Kingdom’s scholarly city – still maintains its reputation for being one of the world’s most renowned places for learning and knowledge. Oxford has come a long way since its days in the classic mystery Gaudy Night, which features separate colleges for men and women and a distinct learning curve for the rich-at-hand. Today’s Oxford student is world-traveled, fluent in multiple languages and typically one of the top scholars in his or her class.
Still a city of mystique and mystery, Oxford flights are full of more than just eager students. Artists, historians and sports-enthusiasts board Oxford flights for a tour of the city’s ancient architecture, famous college and a chance at rowing in one of the most famous competitions in the world. Take a break from studying and scholarly ways and enjoy the city’s more modern district, which features prime shopping, restaurants and outdoor cafes. While it’s likely those travelers booking flights to Oxford are anticipating a turn in the city’s famous university, Oxford is easily explored by visitors of all ages.
Although one of the driest cities in England, Oxford has rain year-round. Summers are warm with temperatures in the upper 70s (F) and high humidity. Winters are chilly and damp with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to 50, although it rarely snows.
Summer is considered the high season, and August and September bring throngs of visitors booking flights to Oxford. Many of the estates are open March through September only and for a limited number of hours.
Even though winter is not considered the high season, there is very little difference in the number of visitors to Oxford nor in the lodging rates.
It’s not just easy to walk through downtown Oxford, it’s recommended. Take a stroll down High Street to soak up the city’s academic atmosphere. You can take a guided walking tour of the colleges all year long, but tours will be somewhat restricted when school is in session. A great way to get to know the city is by riding one of the hop-on, hop-off buses. Oxford has two public transportation bus companies. Stagecoach buses offer a ticket for unlimited one-day travel in the city. The Oxford Bus Company will take you across the city, as well as to the airport, suburbs and four park-and-ride lots where you can leave your car. Bikes are a very popular way to get around the city, especially with the Oxford’s level landscape, so it’s easy to rent a bike. There are bike paths all over the city and along the river and canal. If you need a taxi, you can get one from a taxi stand or call ahead. Taxis are reasonably priced, but they charge extra for luggage, extra passengers, holidays and late nights. For a change of pace, try punting down the river. You can either navigate the punt yourself or hire an expert to move you along.