Oxford: Heaps of cafes you’ll love. Think of Oxford and you'll immediately call to mind its world-famous University, which dates back to the 12th century. The medieval city was named 'City of Dreaming Spires', and the 38 colleges of the university boast beautiful architecture, including Magdelen College and University College, which are situated off the high street. Other attractions include the views from Carfax Tower, the River Cherwell and the Botanic Gardens. There are shops galore for your retail fix and plenty of excellent cafes in Oxford, where you can enjoy refreshments and a break from your busy visitor schedule.