Oxford is known as being the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is surnamed the "city of dreaming spires" due to the harmonious architecture of the university buildings. Oxford offers besides historical sights and several good museums, a vibrant shopping and commercial area with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. The town centre is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The Oxford Story. You can shop at the historic Covered Market.