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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 Welsh city of Swansea is located on the south coast of the country and is bounded by Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel. The city is home to the Fluellen Theatre Company which is a professional company who perform at the city's Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Other theatres in the city include the Teliesin building, on the campus of the Swansea of Swansea, and the outdoor venues of Oystermouth Castle and Singleton Park who put on outdoor Shakespeare performances and concerts, including Proms, respectively.
Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular was named the most beautiful beach in Britain by travel writers in 2007. The Travel Magazine commented on Oxwich Bay's "magnificent and unspoilt" scenery and as a "great place for adults and children to explore". The beach has over three miles of golden sand. Llangennith Beach, with its soft sands, consistent beach break and great facilities, was listed as the best place to learn how to surf in Britain by The Observer newspaper in 2006.
The city is also friendly to cyclists with four dedicated cycle routes: Swansea Bay, Clyne Valley Country Park, along the east bank of the River Tawe (forming part of the national Cycle Network), and a route adjacent to the Fabian Way (which also forms part of the National Cycle Network.