Two minutes walk from the railway station is an island surrounded by the Thames which was the location of a twelfth century Augustinian abbey. After its dissolution by Henry VIII its huge bell was housed in the specially built Tom Tower at Christ Church.
Further out from the station Botley itself was built in the 1930s. It has a shopping centre and good car parking; also the Park & Ride bus service (Seacourt) to the town centre. The ring road/A34 bisects it but is well concealed and noise insulated.