In the centre
An area with wide tree lined roads and large individual period houses built in the nineteenth century to house college dons and wealthy tradesmen in the Gothic style. It is within energetic walking distance (10–20 minutes) or a short bus ride of the University.
Further north is an alternative shopping area with plentiful parking. Roads become narrower but the houses have charm – many are Victorian and Edwardian.
Oxford University Press has its home here, the biggest employer in Oxford in the nineteenth century, encouraging the building of the terraced town cottages to house local workers. Many are well modernised and some are ingeniously enlarged with basement and roof conversions. There are some late night specialist food shops, interesting pubs and a good cinema on Walton Street.
Close by is Port Meadow, 350 acres of grassland bordering the Thames and the Oxford Canal. It still provides grazing for freemen’s horses and cattle according to ancient tradition. A major new housing development, Oxford Waterside, is currently under construction beside the canal.
Close to North Oxford with a rural ambience because it overlooks Port Meadow, the common land meadows, and the River Thames. At the top of Port Meadow lie the ruins of the twelfth century Benedictine Godstow Abbey. There are good walks to be had and several famous pubs in Wolvercote.