West Oxford

Best for

Rail commuters

Transport

Access by bus, or on foot from Osney, to city centre

Culture

Botley Centre

Events

Baby College Botley, 15th September 2015, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am (runs until 24th November)

West Oxford is probably most famous for Osney, or Osney Island as it is better known, which is completely encircled by the River Thames. The island is a mere two minutes walk from the railway station and was the location of a 12th century Augustinian abbey. After its dissolution by Henry VIII the abbey’s giant bell was housed in the specially built Tom Tower at Christ Church, off St Aldate’s.

Further out from the station is the small villagey area of Botley, which was originally developed in the 1930s. Local residents benefit from a shopping centre and good car parking, something of a premium in Oxford! There is also a park & ride bus service (Seacourt) to take visitors towards the town centre and back again with an armful of shopping. The A34 ring road cuts through Botley but this has minimal impact on residents as the road is well-concealed and insulated against traffic noise.