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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 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, comprised of 39 colleges, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. 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.


Skoll World Forum sessions take place at the Oxford University Saïd Business School and New Theatre. Other Skoll Week events occur throughout the city of Oxford. There is no official Skoll World Forum hotel for delegates and you are responsible for making your own reservations for accommodations. In your search for lodging, we recommend using the following links for hotels, B&Bs, dorm rooms, and apartment rentals. Please note, accommodations during Skoll Week fill up quickly and we encourage you to book early.

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 who 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. Bike rentals are also a convenient, sustainable option for getting around town. We do not recommend a car due to a lack of parking facilities in Oxford’s City Centre.

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 Bicycle

By Train

By Hired Car

Parking in Oxford’s City Centre 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 ranges from business casual to professional. You will be seated for presentations and discussion, or standing and socializing, so please do dress to be comfortable.

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. Please bring comfortable walking shoes. If you require mobility assistance, please let us know by emailing us at and we’ll ensure that special arrangements are made.