Introduction

Stretching both south and east from Magdalen Bridge, the Cowley Rd area is primarily a residential neighbourhood. As such, Oxford’s southeast quadrant holds few tourist attractions, though both the meadows belonging to Magdalen College, and the Botanic Garden – beside the Cherwell north and south of the bridge respectively – offer irresistible riverside strolls. The students who live along and off Cowley Rd tend to spend their days elsewhere, but come the evening they’re out in force in its many bars, pubs and restaurants.