Happy Lodge

147 Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 2NR, United Kingdom
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Left luggage in Oxford?

by mackilou

I will be spending one day in Oxford on my way to Banbury. Is there somewhere I could leave my luggage whilst sighseeing? The train station does not seem to have a luggage storage facility.
Would be really grateful for any ideas!

RE: Left luggage in Oxford?

by local_guide

Because of the threat of terrorism, like many other cities, there is now no facilities for left luggage. Banbury isn't very far from Oxford. I suggest you go straight on to Banbury, leave your luggage where you are going to stay, then travel back to Oxford.

RE: RE: Left luggage in Oxford?

by paulie_natalie

i totally agree with the above, even hotels wont let guests leave bags with them without checking in first! you wont find anywhere in oxford that you will be able to leave any bags! sorry

RE: Left luggage in Oxford?

by luckysteve

I saw that you were looking for left luggage and that other were as well. You can leave your luggage at the Central Backpackers on Park End street #13. It is located between the bus and train station. Just ask at the train and bus station they will direct you. Look them up if you want to find out more.

RE: Left luggage in Oxford?

by luckysteve

I saw that you were looking for left luggage and that other were as well. You can leave your luggage at the Central Backpackers on Park End street #13. It is located between the bus and train station. Just ask at the train and bus station they will direct you. Look them up if you want to find out more.

Travel Tips for Oxford

Town vs Gown

by King_Golo

Oxford is best known for its colleges, its academic life and achievements since the 13th century. On the other hand, there has always been life outside the high walls of the colleges. This "tip" attempts to provide some background knowledge about the quarrels between town and gown.

The first colleges of Oxford were founded in the middle of the 13th century. It is not exactly clear which college was the first, but Merton, University College and Balliol claim to be number one. One could say that ever since quarrels were normal between town and gown. The colleges had several privileges that ensured them a strong autonomy - for instance, they were not subject to civil law, but to clerical law. This was soon exercised by the chancellor of the university, who was not always acting fairly, but often arbitrarily. The worst argument happened roughly 650 years ago on February 10, 1355. On that day, students and fellows were having a drink at Swyndlestock Tavern (opposite Carfax Tower). They complained that the wine was no good - which was something that the landlord did not want to hear. He is alleged to have responded with "stubborn and saucy language" which caused a student to throw his jar at him. Immediately, a fight broke out. The townsmen rang the bells of Carfax Tower to summon others for help with the insubordinate academics. But also the members of the university rang bells to gather their "forces". Most men were equipped with bows and arrows, and soon the whole town centre had been turned into a battlefield. Two days later, after the arrival of roughly 2,000 men from the countryside who fought against academics, the Swyndlestock battle ended. 63 scholars were dead. (Apparently, no one counted the dead on the town side, or perhaps academics are not capable to shoot arrows...) The punishment was severe: The townsmen had to pay a silver penny for every dead scholar every year - for 500 years in a row! Moreover, they had to swear an oath to observe the university's principles from then on. Only in 1825 - 30 years before the official end of the punishment - the symbolic payment was stopped. And another 130 years later, on the 600th anniversary of the riots, both groups officially made peace: The mayor of Oxford became an honorary doctor of the university, the vice-chancellor honorary citizen of Oxford.

Nowadays, town and gown seem to get along much better. Nonetheless, the differences still exist - and quite many non-academic people do not understand the fuzz that is made about Oxford University.

The Views From St. Mary's Church...

by coceng

There are 127 steps to go up the tower of St. Mary's Church.
From the top, we can see excellent views over the city of Oxford !
These are my photos, my own views from my camera, through my eyes to the top; on the tower & descending down...
This view is showing rooftops over Oxford & 2 main towers :
Left, Christ Church Tom Tower;
Right, All Saints Church Tower.
In the distance, we can see Boar's Hill...

The Lodge

by shutterlust

The guard's desk or porter's building of any college in Oxford is called the Lodge. This is where you ask about admissions fees, opening hours, visiting hours, tourist information, etc. It is located at the entrance of each college, right before you enter and you usually have to check in at the Lodge when visiting a college (unless otherwise stated).

Students coming to Oxford (or visitors!)

by shutterlust

If you're a student, you'll want to be prepared for all seasons, especially the cold and wet. Waterproof shoes are a must, especially when tramping through the rain! A good, warm coat is also essential. If you plan on cycling, bring shoes with good traction. Also, formal wear! Especially if you're an undergraduate, you'll likely be attending several black-tie events and you'll want to be ready with a tux or dress. And of course, the classic Oxford wear - sub-fusc!

For travellers, comfortable shoes (but I think this is traveller common sense!) because Oxford is very much a walking city, as there is no tube and no buses in central Oxford. And an umbrella or raincoat! You can get what you need at Lloyd's or Boots, which are both littered throughout Oxford. Plenty of film or a large memory card/stick is required in Oxford. There's just so much to see and photograph! I used up my 2gig memory card multiple times, kept having to clear it out on my computer while staying in Oxford. The whole city is a photo opportunity! If you care to, bring a football, some good trainers, a picnic blanket/basket, a swimsuit (to jump into the river in the summer!) and you're set for good Oxonian outdoor fun! A bike, maybe?


by Etoile2B

When I was studying in Oxford the majority of our classes were taught on a small farm in a neighboring community called Woodstock. It was just a beautiful place filled with so many great memories I had to mention it. Woodstock is definitely a small town. Farms pepper the landscape. During our time spent out here we got to see the hay being harvested and used our free time to take long walks and enjoy the countryside.


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