Other things to do in the area

Probably the main attraction in the area is Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, home of the famous University and much more besides.

There is a train service and a limited bus service that operate between Islip and Oxford. See the how to get there page.

If you like shopping for named brands of clothes etc. at cheap prices, Bicester Village is at the other end of the railway line.

Islip lies near to Otmoor, even if it is not one of the seven "Otmoor towns" that ring it (each even smaller than Islip). There is an RSPB bird reserve here, and this wetland arae is home to many rare plants, birds and butterflies. The layout of the small fields and drainage channels in Otmoor was apparantly the inspiration for the chess-board world of Lewis Carol's "Alice through the looking glass".

Those fond of the Lord of the Rings will also find many echoes of "The Shire" in this area, as it was home to J. R. R. Tolkien - I'm sure that the village of Brill with its odd landscape of chalk hills and windmill added quite a bit to the village of Bree..

Other attractions nearby include Blenheim Palace and its extensive grounds, and the town of Woodstock.

Somewhat further afield are Cotswolds, a range of rolling hills with charming villages. Shakespear's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon isn't too far away, and neither is the historic city of Worcester (home of the famous "English" sauce)

Last updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2008