Few sights are more evocative that the cityscape of Oxford: the “city of dreaming spires.” And it’s true: the city boasts some of England’s most spectacular architecture and glorious history. It’s no wonder that the county has inspired writers like J. R. R. Tolkein (The Lord of the Rings), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and Thomas Hardy (Jude the Obscure).
But this home of one of the world’s most famous universities also boasts facilities to accommodate groups and meetings of all sizes – from those looking for historic venues to ultra-modern options to suit any need. Following in the footsteps of Inspector Morse will take you from the manicured university quads, through the bohemian streets of Oxford to the quaint riverside pubs made famous by the series.
If you’re looking to impress, look no further than Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. Or if small but beautiful is what you need, there’s gorgeous Charingworth Manor, a 14th century gem.
Classic gives way to contemporary at the facilities of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford: two sites with stunning architecture and cutting-edge facilities. Many of the city’s colleges can host events of all descriptions, whether you’re punting on the Cherwell or PowerPointing in a conference suite.
There’s so much more to the county as well: the world-renowned Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, idyllic villages and stunning stately homes, well-equipped conference centres and a host of activities from Michelin-starred restaurants to country pubs.