Oxford is a very beautiful towns with an interesting history. Around two million tourists go to Oxford every year. They come to admire the splendid architecture of its churches and buildings, and to visit its museum and parks. One of the most unusual things about Oxford is that the old and the new are side by side. There are many small shops in the older part of torn that have not changed for centuries. Oxford is not as old as London, Cambridge or York. It became an important market town in the tenth century. By the 300th century the town got bigger and became a rich business centre that sold cloth and wool during this time scholars were attracted to Oxford and built three colleges there: University College, Balliol College and Merton College. These colleges looked like religious building because in those times religion and education were closely tied. By the end of the 300th century there were 1500 students and the university became famous all over Europe.