Oxfordshire is a large county in South East England, on the southern fringes of the West Midlands, bordered by Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. Straddling the upper reaches of the Thames River valley west of the Chilterns, Oxfordshire is home to the ancient university city of Oxford and vast areas of archetypal English landscape, studded with fascinating towns and villages, many along the River Thames.

Cities, towns and villages

Map of Oxfordshire




Other destinations

'The English Versailles', Blenheim Palace


Oxfordshire, being in England, is obviously an English-speaking county, though while in Oxford, the name Magdalen (which is the name of a college, a church, a bridge and a street) is pronounced 'Maw-da-lin'.

Get in

By plane

The nearest large airports for Oxfordshire are London Heathrow International and Birmingham International.

By train

Oxford is connected to regular train services from, Birmingham New Street, London Paddington and Worcester. Didcot Parkway station is connected to Oxford, and is also a stop on the main line between London and Bristol. Bicester and Thame are also connected to London Marylebone, in one direction, connecting with the Oxford-Birmingham line at Banbury.

By road

The M40 motorway provides the fastest access to Oxfordshire from both London and Birmingham.

By bus

Oxford is connected by regular buses to London's Victoria Coach Station, and to Cambridge via Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Bedford. All of the local airports are connected, with the most frequent connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Get around

There are bus services from Oxford to each of the major towns in the county. There are also railway connections along the Cotswold line toward Worcester, this being the only railway line across the Cotswolds. There are regular stopping trains servicing the line between Oxford and London Paddington. To go by rail between Bicester or Thame and Oxford requires a change in Banbury or London.

Buses can be infrequent to non-existent in rural areas, and often do not run an evening service, though there is a stagecoach service running buses regularly as far afield as Chipping Norton/Chalbury (the S3), Witney (the S1) and other towns around the edge of the county.



Stay safe

Oxfordshire is, on the whole, one of the safest counties in England (as regards both people and the environment), however Oxford city has higher levels of crime than the national average (for all major crime types) and visitors should be cautious when wandering around certain parts the city at night.

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