UK Face-off: Oxford vs. Cambridge

Paul Wilkinson

The university towns, high on history and pedigree, offer their own distinct versions of English charm.

Each less than an hour from London, the cities of Cambridge and Oxford are similar in many ways—not the least of which involves their respective universities that date back more than 800 years. But the highly walkable and welcoming towns, located roughly 90 miles apart, have plenty of singular charms that differentiate them. Oxford, the larger of the two, provides a bit more variety, is consistently featured in popular culture and is the more popular tourist destination. Cambridge is quieter and more contained.

Both are worth exploring, from hotels to restaurants to cultural gems. Here are the best in both.