During the week, rail service from Birmingham to Oxford runs approximately twice an hour from shortly after 5:00 a.m. to shortly past 10:00 p.m., with one peak fare period between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. While most connections for this 1 to 2 hour journey are direct, passengers may be required to change once at Banbury. On the weekend, the schedule slows slightly, with service not starting until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, when about 2 trains depart per hour until 9:00 p.m. On Sunday, 1 to 2 trains depart per hour from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
An old industrial city in the West Midlands, Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city and has emerged from its industrial past to become a vibrant, modern metropolis. A wander through the city’s Jewellery Quarter, which is the centre of jewellery production in the UK to this day, will provide a glimpse into the city’s tradition of craftsmanship, extending from the area’s pre-industrial era. The opulence of the industrial era - for those that profited from it - can be witnessed through a visit to the beautiful Soho House, where industrialist Matthew Boulton lived from 1766 to 1809. Birmingham is also home to a great variety of art: be sure to visit the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses a variety of masterpieces by some of the world’s most famous artists. The more modern Ikon Gallery regularly hosts high-quality exhibitions in its uber cool contemporary art space.
The oldest university city in the UK, Oxford is located west of London along the banks of the river Thames. As an ancient academic and intellectual capital, Oxford is home to an incredible collection of historic colleges, libraries, and museums. Don’t miss the iconic and magnificent Christ Church, Oxford’s largest college, and the famous Bodleian Library, one of the oldest public libraries in the world. Three impressive museums: the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Oxford Museum of Natural History, and the Ashmolean Museum also warrant a visit. Fans of Lord of the Rings should head for an evening drink at the Eagle and Child, a frequent haunt of the Inklings, which included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. In the summer, pack a picnic and embark on a classic Oxford adventure: punting on the river Thames.