Oxford Exeter Train
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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.
The city of Exeter is located right in the heart of the county of Devon in the south west of England. The city is surrounded by breathtaking countryside and is close to the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, with it gothic cathedral and medieval underground Passages, is full of heritage and culture spanning 2,000 years. The city's quayside is a hub of activity, with cycle and canoe hire available to explore the River Exe and canal, and the Quay Climbing Centre providing a lofty space in which to climb. Hire a bicycle and follow the Exe Estuary Trail, a 26 mile foot and cycle path following the Exe Estuary linking Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish, with fantastic views along the River Exe. Exeter also offers its visitors the opportunity to take various guided walking tours around the city with the Red Coat Guides. These volunteer guides will take you for a 90-minute (approx.) tour, leading you around the various attractions and showing you some of the most popular sights to see. All this, whilst also presenting lots of interesting facts and tales of Exeter's long and historical past.