Oxford named as one of coolest places to live in the UK

Just ten miles from the heart of Oxford is Parklands Manor, a modern country estate which brings together striking architecture, abundant open spaces and exceptionally designed new homes. Perfectly positioned to enjoy all that Oxford has to offer

While it might be world-renowned for its rich heritage, abundant historic architecture, eclectic mix of eateries and idyllic green parks, there’s an alternative, lesser-known side to Oxford - as new research from Ocean Finance shows.

The city has been named one of the top ten coolest places to live in the UK, in the round-up. The new research is based on markers such as yoga studios, farmers’ markets, breweries, boutique cinemas and independent coffee shops, showcasing the lasting appeal of Oxford as a place to live.

Just ten miles from the heart of Oxford is Parklands Manor, our award-winning modern country estate which brings together striking architecture, abundant open spaces and exceptionally designed new homes. Perfectly positioned to enjoy all that Oxford has to offer, there are now only a handful of two-bedroom apartments and four and five-bedroom houses remaining.

Here, we round up some of our favourite spots that make Oxford a UK culture capital.

1. The Vaults and Garden

With a vision to create a socially positive café hub built on the principle of ecological sustainability, The Vaults and Garden café sources local, organic and ethically produced goods and ingredients. Based in the heart of Oxford, the café has become the go-to option for locals and those studying at the University of Oxford.

With a ‘no waste’ approach, the café looks to minimise wastage of ingredients and food allowing them to use more expensive, organic produce without raising their prices – the perfect combination.

2. Gloucester Green market

As a historic market city, Oxford’s city centre is renowned for its traditional and vibrant markets – with an offering ranging from household goods and fresh produce through to clothing, antique goods and artwork, it’s no surprise it is one of the city’s most popular spots.

Operating four days a week, the open-air market provides a wide range of goods on different days, meaning there is always something new to explore. Not only does the market make for a great day out but it’s the ideal way to support local businesses and retailers.

3. Prana Yoga

The yoga scene in Oxford is bustling and it’s no wonder Prana Yoga is a top choice for many. Located moments from the city centre, it offers everything from yoga, meditation, and workshops. With something for the whole community to get involved with, it’s set in a beautiful Jericho studio.

Prana Yoga is also home to a retail space which offers a wide range of local products from clothing and home furnishings to yoga equipment, and they also offer free tea!