21 Facts About Oxford


Oxford's industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, information technology and science.

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The policy has been blamed for the large rise in house prices in Oxford, making it the least affordable city in the United Kingdom outside of London, with estate agents calling for brownfield land inside the green belt to be released for new housing.

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Oxford's economy includes manufacturing, publishing and science-based industries as well as education, research and tourism.

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Oxford has been an important centre of motor manufacturing since Morris Motors was established in the city in 1910.

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Oxford increasingly has a reputation for being a centre of digital innovation, as epitomized by Digital Oxford.

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Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the university and colleges.

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Oxford formed a partnership in 1782 with Mark and James Morrell, who eventually became the owners.

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Oxford is a very green city, with several parks and nature walks within the ring road, as well as several sites just outside the ring road.

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Direct trains run from Oxford station to London Paddington where there is an interchange with the Heathrow Express train links serving Heathrow Airport.

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Oxford has one of the largest urban park and ride networks in the United Kingdom.

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In 2014 Oxford Bus introduced a fleet of 20 new buses with flywheel energy storage on the services it operates under contract for Oxford Brookes University.

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Oxford is the junction for a short branch line to Bicester, a remnant of the former Varsity line to Cambridge.

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Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers, which was a leading racing-boat-builder that played an important role in popularising pleasure boating on the Upper Thames.

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Oxford is home to many museums, galleries, and collections, most of which are free of admission charges and are major tourist attractions.

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Art galleries in Oxford include the Ashmolean Museum, the Christ Church Picture Gallery, and Modern Art Oxford.

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The most notable Oxford act is Radiohead, who all met at nearby Abingdon School, though other well known local bands include Supergrass, Ride, Swervedriver, Lab 4, Talulah Gosh, the Candyskins, Medal, the Egg, Unbelievable Truth, Hurricane No 1, Crackout, Goldrush and more recently, Young Knives, Foals, Glass Animals, Dive Dive and Stornoway.

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In 1997, Oxford played host to Radio 1's Sound City, with acts such as Travis, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Embrace, Spiritualized and DJ Shadow playing in various venues around the city including Oxford Brookes University.

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City's leading football club, Oxford United, are currently in League One, the third tier of league football, though they enjoyed some success in the past in the upper reaches of the league.

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Oxford City F C is a semi-professional football club, separate from Oxford United.

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Oxford City Nomads F C was a semi-professional football club who ground-shared with Oxford City and played in the Hellenic league.

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Oxford Hawks has two astroturf pitches at Banbury Road North, by Cutteslowe Park to the north of the city.

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