Best for

Families and fans of peace and quiet


Bus and cycle routes


Grade I listed church


Iffley village is situated within the boundary of the city of Oxford, between Cowley and the estates of Rose Hill and Donnington, and in proximity to the River Thames (or more precisely, the branch known as the Isis). Its most notable feature is its original and largely unchanged Norman church, St Mary the Virgin, which has a modern stained glass Nativity window designed by John Piper. The church is listed Grade I and is a lovely place for quiet contemplation.

The village is a kind of oasis of calm within the city limits, having been adjoined by the gradual expansion of the city of Oxford outwards from its centre. The atmosphere is calm and country-esque, and despite its relative proximity to the city centre and traffic routes retains a peacefulness.