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One of the world's most recognized university towns, Oxford is a place of privilege. It is steeped in history, yet it retains a young town vibe, thanks to its student population. The elegant buildings of the colleges that make up Oxford University are lined around tranquil courtyards and narrow lanes, and within the grounds there is a studious calm prevails. The existence of 'town' beside the 'gown' means it's more than simply a bookish place.
Oxford's oldest colleges go back 750 years, and little has changed since then. But aside from its rich history, traditions and academic life, visitors can explore a world beyond the college walls. Oxford has a long industrial legacy and the working class outnumber the academic body.