The county of Oxfordshire, dating back to the 10th century, is one of the most internationally recognised counties, in no small part due to it being the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
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Geography, transport & economy
Oxfordshire is located between the Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills, and has historically been home to a significant amount of agricultural land, meaning much of the county still benefits today from green views and below average levels of noise and light pollution. Oxfordshire has a population of 650,000, which is less than the national average.
The county has a strong economy, being home to the BMW Mini production facility, as well as numerous scientific and research facilities, publishers and breweries. Another key employer in the city is of course the University of Oxford, which has been ranked at the top of The Times Good University Guide for the last decade.
There are a good range of transport links, including the M40 and M4 motorways, as well as excellent main line railway connections. Notably, a healthy number of major A-roads connect the city with most significant towns elsewhere in the county such as Abingdon, Witney, Chipping Norton and Bicester.
Notable locations & attractions
The city of Oxford is known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’, in reference to the architecture of the numerous University buildings, and is the sixth most visited British city by tourists. Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock, is one of Britain’s biggest homes and is a World Heritage Site. Its open gardens feature trees planted in the formation of the troops that took part in the Battle of Blenheim.
There are a range of other stately homes and country parks as well as many museums, such as the Museum of Wallingford, or the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, a town which is also home to the famous Henley Regatta.
An abundance of leisure facilities can be found in Oxfordshire, including the usual recreational parks as well as a wildlife park, and for shoppers, Bicester Village is a large outlet mall offering a wide range of premium brands and is based towards the north east of the county.