Getting to and around Oxford

Oxford and Oxfordshire Official Tourism websites:

London has four main airports: Heathrow (West London), Gatwick (South London), Luton (North-West) and Stansted (North-East).

Coaches from the Airport to Oxford
The Oxford Bus Company offers a coach service (called airline) from Heathrow and Gatwick
Information can be found here:

Trains from London to Oxford
Great Western Railways leaves from London Paddington station and has regular train services. Train journeys take between 1 and 1.5 hour depending on the service.
Tickets and train times can be found on:

Coaches from London to Oxford
Stagecoach’s Oxford Tube is a 24-hour, 7 day a week, coach service from London Victoria, which departs every 15 minutes or so during peak hours. It stops at several locations within Oxford, including on the High Street, where the Examinations school is located. Information and tickets can be found here:
The Oxford Bus Company’s X90 also runs 24 hour, 7 day a week, service. Information and tickets can be found here:

Getting around Oxford and Oxfordshire
The Oxford Bus Company offers several routes within Oxford and Oxfordshire.
The company Stagecoach also offers a great bus service across the county, including S5 to Bicester Village and S3 and S7 to Blenheim Palace.

Selected Sights in and around Oxford

Oxford’s many historical and beautiful university colleges, college gardens and chapels can be reached by foot. The Bodleian Library is well worth visiting and University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a beautiful church and offers fantastic views from the tower.
If you are interested in an official tour, there is the Oxford Official University and City Walking Tour. More information can be found here:

The Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean Museum are both also well worth exploring. Especially the Pitt Rivers Museum, often overlooked, has a very interesting ethnographic collection. The Ashmolean Museum has a fantastic restaurant with an excellent view over Oxford.
If the weather holds up and if you fancy a walk after a long day at the conference, the Botanic Garden and the various University Parks are great places to unwind.

If you are bringing your family, or if you are just a Harry Potter fan, there’s a Harry Potter and an Alice in Wonderland Tour ( … Although Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes cannot be found yet, Alice’s shop , which features in the original story written by Lewis Carroll, still exists and offers many amazing treats (

Check out Oxford’s ‘Epic Harry Potter Locations’ by clicking on the link below – and see if you can spot Balliol College the stunning venue for our conference banquet!

Oxfordshire is a very beautiful county with many quaint villages and charming country side. To be recommended are Woodstock in the north of Oxford, which is also not far from Blenheim Palace. And Burford, west of Oxford, which is a stunningly beautiful picture-perfect town. Blenheim Palace, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the palace and the amazing gardens are both well worth exploring.
More information about these sights and many more can be found under this link:

Food and Drink

There are many High Street as well as quirkier independent cafes, restaurants, gastro pubs and pubs in Oxford.

Walton Street in Jericho has several nice cafes and restaurants including the Freud Cafe!
It also has several historical pubs, including The Eagle & Child, where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis held a literary discussion group, known as the Inklings. (

If you want to drink for a good cause, you may want to visit The Lamb and Flag (at 12 St Giles) where the money spend is put towards a fund to help PhD students at St John’s College! If you want to combine dinner with a walk, the Trout Inn, Godstow Rd, Oxford OX2 8PN might be an option, or if you want to combine it with a punt, the Cherwell Boathouse Dining ( might be the choice.

However, there are many other places you can discover. If you need some further inspiration, the Guardian published a list of budget restaurants a couple of years ago:
If you want to keep your banquet dress or suit for another night and venture out to try some Michelin Star dining experience, you could try Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons on Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD (

Suit and Dress Hire

All hire places are within 10 minute walk of the Examinations Schools

Walters of Oxford:
10 Turl Street,
Oxford OX1 3DW
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 241848

Shepherd Woodward:
109–113 High Street
Oxford OX1 4BT

Moss Bros. Hire:
Moss Oxford
59/61 Cornmarket Street, -
Oxford, OX1 3HB
01865 245019

Ballroom Emporium:
5 & 6 The Plain
Oxford, OX4 1AS

If you are looking to keep your dress or suit, you’ll find Debenhams and Marks & Spencer as well as other smaller High Street shops in Oxford. Bicester Village offers more than 130 boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands and might have what you want to ware at our dinner there too!