The ‘city of dreaming spires’, so called by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, is home of one of England’s most prestigious universities. It has a wealth of historic buildings including two unusual circular ones - Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre and the Radcliffe Camera, dating from the mid-16th and 17th centuries. There are fine museums too. The Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museum house a treasure trove of artefacts including Guy Fawke’s lantern, a Stradivarius violin and objects collected by Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages. And when all the intellectual stimulation has tired you out, you’ll find plenty of Oxford B&Bs, guesthouses and inns where you can rest your head and relax your mind.