Oxford Chester Train
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The historic university city of Oxford is located in the county of Oxfordshire and is roughly 35 miles to the east of Cheltenham and 30 miles to the south west of Milton Keynes. Although known for its university the economy of Oxford is also reliant on car making, publishing, science and technology, bellfounding and brewing. Several of the University's colleges had private breweries which includes Brasenose College whose brewery survived until 1889.
Oxford used to be an important port of the River Thames, although the section of the Thames that runs through Oxford is called The Isis. To accommodate commercial traffic the Oxford-Burcot Commission in the 17th century took steps to improve the navigability of the river. The Oxford Canal was constructed in the 18th century in order to connect Oxford with the Midlands. Commercial traffic has given way to recreational use of the river and canal. Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers and there is a regular service from Folly Bridge downstream to Abingdon and beyond.
Interesting attractions in the city include the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, The Headington Shark, the Museum of History and Science and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
The city of Cheshire is located in the north west of England in the county of Cheshire. The city has the most complete city walls in Britain along with the oldest racecourse. It also has one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe which is over 1,000 years old and is open to the public for free. One of Chester's most unique features are the two-tiered rows, which means you can shop whatever the weather and gives you a unique shopping experience. The City Sightseeing Chester Tour will introduce you to the City Walls, the Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre and much more. The bus crosses the Dee by both the Grosvenor and Old Dee Bridges and at The Groves provides a convenient connection with the river cruises operated by Bithell's Boats - take advantage of a combined Bus & River Cruise Ticket. Nearby Chester Zoo offers families a fantastic day out with more than 400 different species and 11,000 animals to see. The zoo is set in 110 acres of award winning enclosures and gardens to explore. Visitors can get a giraffe's eye view from the Zoofari Monorail or alternatively take a ride on the Waterbus.