Located in the South East region of England, Oxfordshire boasts both beautiful English countryside and a vibrant, cultured city at its heart. Well known for its history and heritage, Oxfordshire is home to many castles, manors, churches and Britain's greatest palace at Blenheim near Woodstock.
As England's oldest University, founded in 1096, the infamous University of Oxford is a popular tourist attraction in Oxford's city centre. Ranked as the fifth-best University in the world, University of Oxford has 38 colleges set over this scenic city. The "dreaming spires" of the historic buildings make this location a popular target for film and TV crews. Perhaps most famous is Christ Church college, whose ancient backdrop was used for numerous scenes in the movie Harry Potter, and whose hall was replicated to create Hogwarts Great Hall. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were also inspired and written in Christ Church college by Lewis Carroll.
One of the best ways to see Oxfordshire is by water! Starting from Oxford city centre, a traditional punt, rowing boat or pedalo can take you through the city views and outside into Oxfordshire's rural countryside, down the River Cherwell.