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The city of dreaming spires, Oxford is 56 miles (90km) north-west of London, with excellent bus and rail services and has a population of approximately 180,000. Ancient and beautiful buildings dominate the city. It is strongly identifiable as a university town, with its medieval college architecture serving 30,000 students. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, comprised of 39 colleges. Daily Info provides a number of maps, including venues for eating and drinking.

While at the Skoll World Forum, delegates have the opportunity to attend dinners in unique, awe-inspiring dining halls at locations such as WadhamExeter, and Balliol. Most Forum activities are held in downtown Oxford at New Theatre and Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford.


You are responsible for making your own reservations at one of the hotels, B&Bs, hostels, apartments, or College dorms in Oxford. Please note as of mid-March 2017, very few rooms are available in Central Oxford. The Skoll Foundation does not have access to rooms beyond public listings. Click here for a list of recommended accommodations and availability. You may also find the Oxford City Guide a helpful online booking tool in your search for accommodations for the Skoll World Forum. Airbnb is another useful tool to find available apartments for rent in Oxford.

If you are disabled or have any mobility difficulties, Accomable can help you find suitable accommodation and connect you with other disabled people with local expertise that can advise you.


Oxford is very well serviced with trains, buses and taxis. In most cases, you will want to walk between Forum venues and your accommodations. We do not recommend a car due to a lack of parking facilities in the city center.

Arrival By Air
The nearest international airport to Oxford is London Heathrow (LHR) and is approximately a 90 minute ride. Gatwick Airport (LGW) is approximately a 2 – 2.5 hour ride. From both airports, you can catch a coach, taxi or train to Oxford.

By Coach
Motorcoach from Heathrow or Gatwick to Oxford is the most economical way to travel to the Skoll World Forum.

By Taxi

By Uber

By Train
Services from London to Oxford

By Hired Car

Parking in the city center is limited and there is no parking at Saïd Business School. Visitors are recommended to use one of Oxford’s four Park & Ride services. For alternate modes of transportation, the Oxford City Guide provides useful numbers for taxis and bike rental, as well as bus information.

What to Pack

British weather is unpredictable, so we advise that you come prepared to experience more than one weather front! The temperature is likely to be 10°-16° Celsius (50°- 60° Fahrenheit) during the day and down to 5° Celsius (40° Fahrenheit) in the evening. It is a good idea to pack a raincoat, an umbrella and a warm jacket. To check the current weather, click here.

Dress is professional. You will be seated for much of the day in presentations and lectures, or standing and socializing, so please do dress to be comfortable.

Also, please bring comfortable walking shoes. This is a walking city, and while most of our events will take place at Said Business School, the rest will be within an easy 10-15 minute walk. If you require mobility assistance, please let us know by emailing us at and we’ll ensure that special arrangements are made.