Oxford is a university city, immersed in history and overshadowed by the sandy coloured buildings that make up its many colleges; whilst at the same time being a major industrial centre and locality of one of the largest car manufacturers, BMW at Cowley. It is this blend of old and new that really classifies Oxford and gives it an edge over Cambridge, the city’s great rival.
Accommodation in Oxford can be expensive but if you choose a static caravan for hire it’s more affordable. There are many activities and great places to visit in the city, not to mention its close proximity to the Cotswolds and some of the area’s most alluring countryside. There is the magnificent attraction of Blenheim Palace, one of Britain’s most splendid stately homes, to take a step back in history.
History of Oxford
The first university college was established in 1249, prior to which time there was evidence of a settlement here for around 300 years. In 1355, at the St Scholastic Day riots, 93 died in the fights between the “town and gown” populations. During the English Civil War, the court of Charles I was held in Oxford. It is thought that during the Second World War, the historic architecture withstood air raids due to plans to create it as the capital of Nazi England.
In 1920 the Morris Motor Company was established by William Morris which, during the 1970s, had over 20,000 people in its employ.
Roger Bannister also has a claim to fame as in 1954; he ran the first genuine four-minute mile here.
Blenheim Palace – Woodstock
Being Europe’s second largest stately home, Blenheim Palace is on a par with the Palace at Versailles. It’s very easy to while away the hours here, looking around the house, challenging the children to find their way out of the hedge maze, or venturing to the monument which has a great similarity to Nelson’s column. Let the children discover the butterfly house and the adventure playground. On a dull, rainy day take a tour of the stately rooms or visit the permanent Winston Churchill exhibition (he was born at Blenheim Palace).
Magdalen College – High Street
Pronounced Maudlin, at this college you will find a medieval bell tower, astonishing chapel, inspiring cloisters and beautiful quads, as well as a deer park. Take a walk by the river, where you will see not only displays of stunning wild flowers, but also an abundance of punters.
Rousham House and Garden – Rousham, Bicester
The gardens at Rousham House were conceived by William Kent, a landscape gardener, around the 1700s. Rather strangely, this attraction has no tearoom or shop and children under 15 are not allowed. Being only a twenty- minute car journey from Oxford, it is well worthy of a visit.
Static caravan for hire in and around Oxford
Caravan owners, if you are offering a static caravan for hire in the Oxford area, we have lots of holiday makers looking to rent a caravan for short breaks and week-long holidays, so make sure you register your holiday home on Rent My Caravan.