For youngsters raised on Harry Potter movies a trip to some of the sights in Oxford will seem eerily familiar as many of the city’s backdrops are familiar sights in the films. But the city has much to offer anyone visiting the UK, whether its history, architecture, education or shopping. Don’t forget dining and pubbing as well. Oxford is an easy day trip from London’s Paddington station, although once you get there you will probably want to stay at least one night. The train trip from London takes about an hour, with stops at Slough (where one can get a bus to Windsor Castle), Reading and then Oxford. A car is not recommended in this picturesque town, but public transit is readily available just outside the railway station. There are local buses that will take you to nearby Blenheim Palace and tour buses to take you further afield to Highclere, site of the Downton Abbey series.

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