Key to the City™, Oxford.

The Lowdown on Oxford

Carfax Tower, Oxford
Carfax Tower, Oxford (Photo: Not So Big Media)

Oxford is a historic university city. In this section we'll give you an outline of how the city works.

The Layout of Oxford

We think that the easiest way to find your way around a city is to choose a centre point and then divide the city into smaller districts. For Oxford our centre point is Carfax Tower which is sited at the junction of Cornmarket Street, Queen Street, St Aldate's and High Street. From here you can get to anywhere in the city centre within ten minutes.

We have divided Oxford into four districts, and each district is divided into smaller chunks too. The areas are: the City Centre, compact with many of Oxford's main attractions including the University; the Inner City, home to Oxford's Jericho and Cowley Road areas; the Oxford Suburbs, the outskirts of the city with good motorway access and ideal for business travellers; and finally Oxfordshire, for trips into the countryside and nearby towns.

Carfax Tower, Oxford

City Centre

This is the very heart of the city and home to the historic colleges of the University of Oxford. Shops can mainly be found on Cornmarket Street and High Street. Parking is limited and can be very costly.

Cowley Road, Oxford

Inner City

Just outside of the city centre is Oxford's residential area. As well as the lively student areas of Cowley Road and Jericho, you can also find Victorian guest houses along Banbury Road. The distance to the city centre from this area is a ten to 30 minutes walk.

Kassam Stadium, Oxford


Areas in the suburbs of Oxford include Summertown in the north and Cowley and Iffley in the south east.

Bicester Village


Escape the bustle of Oxford and visit Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village, Didcot Railway Centre, Cotswold Wildlife Park or the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames.