Welcome to the city of Oxford

Velocity is located in the city of Oxford at Oxford City Football Club, Marsh Lane, OX3 0NQ.  

Oxford is a city in South East England and the county town of Oxfordshire. It is 50 miles (80 km) North West of London with a regular train and bus service to the capital. 

With a population of 150,200 it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. 

Oxford is the 7th most visited UK city. Renowned throughout the world as a centre of learning, and latterly as the home of Inspector Morse, Oxford blends medieval charm with the buzz of a modern city. Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold. 

Oxfordshire has become known across the world for its regular appearances on screen in films and dramas, which include attractions from Harry Potter such as Christ Church, Downton Abbey filming locations in Bampton and across the Cotswolds, as well as Sherlock Holmes in various locations including Oxford’s Radcliffe Square. 

The city may have given her name to everything from a prestigious dictionary to a bitter orange marmalade, but it is the university that most people associate with the town. Over the past eight centuries eminent scientists, philosophers, authors, archbishops, explorers and politicians have emerged from its ivory towers. 

Top attractions in the city include Christ Church College, Pitt Rivers Museum, Radcliffe Square, Botanic Garden, Ashmolean Museum, Blenheim Palace, open air cinema experiences in the museum gardens and the old prison courtyard. 

Oxford is a UK destination that everyone should visit and has a number of must-do experiences.

Newly opened in 2018 is Oxford’s stunning shopping mall, Westgate, with over 125 new stores, restaurants & cafés in the heart of the city centre. Westgate is also home to a retro cinema, rooftop terrace with many bars and open public spaces, ideal to enjoy a drink and snack with friends. Westgate also houses a funky indoor golf course that is neon lit and fun for all ages! 

A short distance from Oxford is Bicester Designer Outlet Village, home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, each offering savings of up to 60%, all year round – from iconic Prada bags to eye-catching Gucci accessories. 

Sporting-wise, Oxford was the venue for the famous breaking of the 4-minute mile – 3 minutes 59.4 seconds to be exact! Medical student and physiologist, Roger Bannister, broke through the ‘cement wall’ on 6th May 1954, completing the mile race in a world record time. This athletics track is a short walk from the centre of Oxford and is still used daily by athletes competing locally. 

Oxford is also home to two large football clubs, Oxford United (League One) and us at Oxford City FC (National League South). 

A more recently famous sport to Oxford is Quidditch, made famous by the Harry Potter films. Quidditch has since become a recognized sport with many leagues across the UK, Oxford leading the way with the university competing in top leagues. You can take a picnic to the University parks and spectate a game, a very lovely Oxford experience! 

Oxford boasts three large train stations that offer journeys into London in just 34 minutes. The same train lines also offer trips to iconic Wembley Stadium. Stadium tours are available most week days and are an ideal way to experience the facility at first hand and to view its showcase of events.

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