There will be hardly anyone in any corner of the world who does not know about the city of dreaming spires, which has one of the top two universities in the UK and perhaps the world. Oxford is located on the Cherwell and Thames rivers in Oxfordshire, about 50 miles from London. Your visit here will be incomplete without a tour of Oxford colleges, and you must also see some of Oxford's famous galleries and museums. The city center at Carfax combines historic buildings with modern chain stores and shopping centers. You will surely need to get a car for hire in Oxford, if you did not bring a vehicle here in the first place.
Your tour should ideally begin at the tourist information center on Broad Street. Assuming you have got a car for rent in Oxford and are able to move around, you can now head for the nearest attractions. Start with the Sheldonian Theatre and the Museum of the History of Science. Now you can move to the town center, to visit Carfax Tower, the town hall and the Museum of Oxford. Other must-visit attractions include the Oxford Botanic Gardens, Oxford Castle Unlocked, and the Ashmolean Museum and The Oxford Playhouse on Beaumont Street.
A tourist visit of Oxford University colleges is a tricky affair, considering that many colleges will not allow visitors in during terms. Be sure to check where you can go, when you visit the tourist information center. Start with the Bodleian Library on Broad Street. You must also visit the Hertford Bridge and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin on High Street. See the Radcliffe Camera on Radcliffe Square and the Taylor Institution. Must-visit colleges include All Souls on High Street, New College on Holywell Street, Exeter College on Turl Street, and the Gothic structures of Balliol and Merton.
If you can tear yourself away from the colleges and tourist attractions of Oxford, then there are quite a few pleasant surprises in store for you in the rest of Oxfordshire. You can visit Woodstock and see the magnificent Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born in 1874. You can visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Didcot Railway Center. You will enjoy the refreshing greenery of Harcourt Arboretum and Waterperry Garden. You can visit interesting little towns like Henley on Thames, Faringdon and Abingdon.
There are at least 10 major agencies and a few other dealers with depots offering a car rental in Oxford. Most of them are bunched up near the railway station and Bus Center at Osney Lane, Abbey Road and on Ferry Hinskey Road. You have to use an online service to compare all the deals available, and book the best one you like right now to have your vehicle waiting for you when you arrive for your Oxford visit.
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