Iffley - Oxford
Possibly best known as the home of Iffley road sports stadium at which Roger Banister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, Iffley still remains a village within the heart of the city. Country lanes meander between charming Cotswold stone properties, and quaint Tudor cottages. Beyond well-kept gardens lie fields and the Thames. This seemingly rural locality is a haven for families and wealthier couples hoping to find peace and quiet just minutes from the city centre. Less expensive accommodation is available on the outskirts of the area in the form of apartments. However Iffley caters predominantly for families; the presence of a Montessori nursery and a primary school established in the 19th century, being evidence of this. A well-presented restaurant, rural pub, post-office, 12th-century stone church (considered to be the best preserved example in the country), and small number of family-run guesthouses, completes the village feel. A bus route runs past the edge of Iffley, and Redbridge park and ride is just beyond the river. Access to Oxford ring road is also good, however a pleasant stroll across Iffley Fields leads to Christ Church Meadows, and the south of the city centre.