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What our removals experts love about Oxford to live and work

Posted on June 20, 2024 by Miranda
What our removals experts love about Oxford to live and work

Oxford is a city that combines the ancient with the modern to create one vibrant, eclectic and beautiful place, so it’s easy to understand why the ISIS team loves living and working here.

Aptly named ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford’s architecture and history make it one of the most interesting places to explore.

From a university which pre-dates the Aztec empire, to the streams of new restaurants, shops and pop-ups, no matter how long you have lived in Oxford, there is always something new to discover.

As an Oxford-based removals company, we love having the chance to introduce newcomers to our city. Keep reading to discover what our team like the most about the city.

The history

Oxford is a city overflowing with history, some of it well-known, some of it less so. Many people are familiar with the story of the Churchills and the building of Blenheim Palace, and with the many stunning sites which make up the university. However, have you ever heard of the Oxford martyrs? This group of protestant heretics was burned at the stake in 1555 for their religious beliefs, and you can visit their memorial at the south end of St Giles’.

How about the siege of Oxford in the 1640s? King Charles based himself at Christ Church, one of Oxford’s most famous colleges, while the Parliamentarians sieged Royalist Oxford.

Or what about Oxford prison? This Norman building began life as a castle, before being transformed into a place of brutal punishment. Some fascinating inmates were housed there over the centuries, such as infamous 18th century murderess Mary Blandy, executed for murdering her father, and still said to haunt the prison to this day.

The water

The river that flows through and around the city is where we get our name from so of course they deserve an honourable mention in our favourite things about Oxford. To locals, the section of The Thames that flows through the city is known as the Isis – after the Egyptian goddess.

Punting is one of Oxford’s greatest traditions and a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city in the summer months. We would recommend hiring a punt from Magdalen Bridge Boathouse to get the best view of the city’s iconic architecture.

The water is for more than just punting or training for the boat race though. It’s lined with fantastic restaurants and bars, such as The Perch at Binsey and The Trout at Wolvercote. There are also some stunning walks which follow the meandering waterways from the city.

The beauty

One of the best things about living in a city as old as Oxford is that you never know what’s around each corner. You can be in a buzzing, modern shopping area, turn a corner, and feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

As well as the beauty of the city itself, there are many stunning villages nearby. The rolling hills of the Cotswolds are just a stone’s throw away from the city with their own array of lovely boutiques, charming local pubs and peaceful countryside walks.

For the cinephiles among you, Oxford and the surrounding villages have been used in countless films and television programmes, and much fun can be had exploring the locations from your favourites, such as Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and, of course, Morse.

The people

One of our favourite parts of working in removals in and around Oxford is the range of people we get to meet. We get to know our customers well over the course of planning and executing their move, which means we know Oxford folk to be a fun and fascinating bunch.

Don’t just take our word for it though – why not come and visit and get to know them yourself?

Planning a move to Oxford? Get in touch with us today to get started. Call us on 01865 770227 or click for a quote.