We were at longleat with the grandkids and their parents - we decided to recover and had a 3 night visit to Oxford. Since the hotels in Oxford were pretty expensive we located the Days Inn at the Welcome Break Service station on the M40 and decided since the park and ride was only 4 miles along the A40 it would be an economic solution.
As it turned out it was a great solution - you get the 280 Alesbury to Oxford bus adjacent to the service area, every 20 mins and runs until 2330. It cost £4 each for a day ticket and is about 30 mins journey through Wheatley and Heddington. We used the bus every day so we did not have to drive and I could have a few beers in Oxford's great pubs (these are many and varid and serve good food)..
The hotel was as you would expect - clean and satisfactory with very helpful staff. I would certainly consider a Days inn again on this showing. We had their continental breakfast on 2 days at a cost of £10 a day for two which was sufficient. If you want a cooked breakfast there is the service station which is very modern - I personally would wait until i was in Oxford. The covered market on the main high street right next to the 280 bus stop offers very cheap good food.
Oxford was no disappointment and is stunning - just like on Morse or Lewis. We had a great time - took the hop on hop off bus - although realistically Oxford is compact and can be done on foot and had a nice boat ride down the Thames.
There are loads of good pubs and eateries so you can go expensive or cheap. We visited some of the university colleges which was an eye opener and Oxford castle is great.
To me Oxford university is steeped in privilege - although they try to hide it. I think most working class students would be told this is not for you - since I suspect you need a bit of money. This is just an observation and may be untrue - but get past this and the University colleges are stunning in architecture and layout. What further surprised me is the ratio of students to staff at less than 2 to 1 and this reflects Oxford unique study methods. You could probably run a few more universities of the budget for Oxford.
Back to the place - it is well worth the visit and if you want to save money - do what we did - stay on an accessible route. One alternative we noticed was a Travel Lodge in Wheatley just round the corner and on the same bus route.
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