How to get there

Islip is around 12 km (7 miles) North-East of Oxford. There is a train that runs to the village a few times a day from Oxford station (on its way to Bicester Town), and an even less frequent bus service. On this page we have tried to provide link sto all the information you will need to get to the church or to other key places.

If you drive to Islip, please park in the carpark of the Red Lion

After the reception, the easiet way to get back to Oxford will be to use a Taxi, or to beg a lift from someone who is driving - We looked into laying on a bus, but this would cost more than providing taxis for everyone. Kelvin at the Red Lion may also be able to ferry people back to Oxford in his 7-seater minibus.


Where to go in Islip


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Islip isn't a particularly big place, so you can't go far wrong once you are there.

The railway station is on the north side of the village, and if you are waking from there, just take the road up the hill from the station, and when you get to the top of the road, turn left and follow that road into the middle of the village, where you'll see the Red Lion inn and the church.

St. Nicholas Church dominates the village and is visible from quite a distance. The current plan is that the wedding will take place in St. Nicholas church at around 14:30, and that the reception will be in the Red Lion inn, which is right next to the church.

For those wanting to go to the Nash family house, it is in North street, and named "Stanmore".

These, and other points such as the railway stations in Islip, Bicester and Oxford, are marked on the map to the left (you should be able to zoom in and out and scroll around to find everything.


How to get to Islip from Oxford

The First Great Western trains to Bicester town stop in Islip. On a Saturday they run approximately every 2 hours, and the journey takes about 13 minutes. A single ticket from Oxford to Islip should cost about £1.60. The timetable for Saturdays and weekdays is set out below. There are no trains on Sundays. You can download the whole timetable, which also includes train times from London, Paddington, here.

If you are staying in Oxford, you can catch the 13:23 train from Oxford to Islip on Saturday 20th, which will get you to Islip at 13:36, so you'l be able to find the church and settle in nicely before 14:30

From Oxford to Bicester Town, via Islip
From Bicester Town to Oxford, via Islip
Oxford
Islip
Bicester
Town
Bicester
Town
Islip
Oxford

Saturdays
06:44
06:57
07:10
07:41
07:53
08:08
08:24
08:37
08:50
09:19
09:31
09:46
10:22
10:35
10:48
11:19
11:31
11:46
13:23
13:36
13:49
14:19
14:31
14:46
15:24
15:37
15:50
16:19
16:31
16:46
17:24
17:37
17:50
18:19
18:31
18:46
20:52
21:05
21:18
21:21
21:33
21:47

Weekdays
05:51
06:04
06:17
06:24
06:36
06:50
07:23
07:38
07:51
07:57
08:09
08:23
08:39
08:52
09:05
09:07
09:19
09:33
13:23
13:36
13:50
14:00
14:12
14:32
16:28
16:41
16:54
16:56
17:08
17:22
17:54
18:07
18:20
18:26
18:38
18:52
19:10
19:23
19:36
19:51
20:03
20:17

The Charlton-on-Otmoor bus service runs avery infrequent service between Oxford and Islip at the times given here. The bus leaves Oxford from outside the Taylorian Institute in St. Giles, and drops off in Islip outside the Red Lion inn. Once again, there are no buses on Sundays. You can download a copy of the entire timetable here. The journey should take about 20-25 minutes, and cost around £2.50.

From Oxford to Islip
From Islip to Oxford
Oxford
Islip
Islip
Oxford

Saturdays
13:00
13:20
Saturdays
10:20
10:40

Fridays
12:30
12:50
Weekdays
07:20
07:42
Wednesdays
12:40
13:00
08:05
08:35
Weekdays
16:10
16:30
Fridays
09:40
10:00
17:10
17:30
Wednesdays
10:20
10:40
18:10
18:30
14:05
14:25

Taxis from Oxford can be found at various points around town, including the railway station and the coach station (Gloucester green). As Islip is outside the Oxford city limits, check with the driver before you get in to make sure he's happy to drive to Islip. The journey should take about 15-20 minutes, and cost around £20.00. You may be able to save a little money by phoning for a taxi, and there are some phone numbers below, but the savings ar, in our experience, quite minimal.


How to get to Oxford

There are bus connections to Oxford from most of the London airports, and as a general rule, these are not only cheaper, but faster than the train connections (which mostly go via London, and involve changes between London stations on the tube, which often take much longer than predicted). The one possible exception is Stansed airport, where the train connections to London are much more frequent than the bus to Oxford (which only runs every 3 hours or so), so that although the train journey is much more expensive, you may get to Oxford earlier by taking the train, depending on how your flight fits in with the bus timetable.

Below is a summary of the approximate frequencies, journey times and fares of bus and train services to Oxford from the main London airports, plus Birmingham International airport. Please note that servies are often very irregular, so check the exact times before you travel. For rail journeys reduced fares are sometimes available if purchased in advance (e.g. on the internet) - these are show in parentheses. For more detailed bus information see the National Express web site, and for train times, see National Rail.

Airport Bus frequency Bus journey time Bus fare Train frequency Train Journey time Train fare Notes
Heathrow 20 min 80 min £18:00 15 min 90 min £22.00
(£20.50)
Bus journey is recommended
Train jurney is via tube to and around London, then train from Paddington Station to Oxford
Gatwick 1 h 2 h 30 min £22.00 30 min 2 h 20 min £25.30 Bus journey is recommended
The cheapest trains go direct to Reading - change there for trains to Oxford. It is also possible to go via London, but it is £5 more expensive
Stansted 3 h 3 h 20 min £17.80 15 min 2 h 50 min £32.90 Bus journey is recommended, if you arrive shortly before a departure, otherwise train is better (but more expensive)
Luton 3 h 1 h 50 min £11.80 30 min 2 h 30 min £30.00 Bus journey is recommended
Birmingham International 2 h 3 h £11.00 1 h 1h £27.50
(£10.00)
Train is recommended
The bus journey involves a change in Birmingham, where one has to wait for 40min to 2 hours...

Below is the current bus timetable for direct services between Oxford and Stansted and Luton airports (the same bus serves both).

Stansted/Luton Airport to Oxford
Oxford to Luton/Stansted Airport
Stansted
Luton
Oxford
Oxford
Luton
Stansted

Weekends
00:45
02:05
03:50
Weekends
01:00
02:50
04:10
07:00
08:30
10:20
04:30
06:20
07:50
09:15
10:45
12:35
07:00
08:55
10:25
11:45
13:15
15:05
09:20
11:15
12:45
14:00
15:30
17:20
11:40
13:35
15:05
16:30
18:00
19:50
14:10
16:05
17:35
18:45
20:15
22:05
16:20
18:15
19:45
21:20
22:40
00:30
18:30
20:25
21:50

Weekdays
00:45
02:05
03:50
Weekdays
01:00
02:50
04:10
06:45
08:30
10:20
04:30
06:20
07:50
09:15
10:45
12:35
06:30
08:55
10:25
11:45
13:15
15:05
09:05
11:15
12:45
14:00
15:30
17:20
11:40
13:35
15:05
16:15
18:00
20:05
14:10
16:05
17:35
18:45
20:15
22:05
16:20
18:15
20:00
21:20
22:40
00:30
18:30
20:25
21:50


Last updated: Friday, September 12, 2008