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About Oxford

Oxford is a city and county town of Oxfordshire and is roughly 25 miles to the north west of Reading and 50 miles to the north west of London. The city lies on the River Thames and River Cherwell which both run through the city centre.

Oxford is perhaps most famous for being home of Oxford University which is the oldest university in the English speaking world. The University was first mentioned in 12th century records with the oldest colleges being University College (1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

The architecture of Oxford demonstrates examples of many different architectural styles since the arrival of the Saxons which includes the mid 18th century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is also known as the "city of dreaming spires" which is a term coined by the poet Matthew Arnold.

Oxford's city centre is quite small and its centre is Carfax which is a cross roads which forms the junction of Cornmarket Street, Queen Street, St Aldate's and The High. This area has many retail outlets, national chains and smaller independent stores, local government buildings and the police station. Oxford also has two small shopping centres: The Clarendon Centre and The Westgate Centre.

About Cambridge

Cambridge is located about 50 miles to the north east of London and lies in an area of level and relatively low lying terrain to the south of the Fens, which is a naturally marshy area in Eastern England which are between 6 and 24 meters above sea level. These wetlands originally surrounded Cambridge but were drained as Cambridge expanded. The city lies on the banks of the River Cam and is also bordered by water meadow such as Sheep's Green. The city takes its name from the River Cam.

The city's principle theatre is the Arts Centre which has 666 seats and is located in the city centre. The theatre often puts on touring shows along with productions by local theatre companies. The largest venue in the city is the Cambridge Corn Exchange which has a capacity of 1,800 standing or 1,200 seated. The venue is regularly hosts theatre, dance and music performances. Cambridge's newest theatre is the 220 seat J2, which is part of Cambridge Junction. The ADC Theatre is managed by the University of Cambridge, and typically has 3 shows a week during term time. It hosts the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club which has produced many notable figures in British comedy.