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  • 1. History

    The name Uxbridge is believed to have come from Saxon times and means the bridge belonging to the Wixan. The Wixan were a tribe and the bridge over the River Colne marked the boundary of their territory. Uxbridge was an important market town until the 19th century. It was the main corn market for west Middlesex and south Buckinghamshire and was also an important flour milling ...Read morecentre. In the 18th century, the coaching trade became very important for the town, with up to 40 stagecoaches a day passing through. Read less

  • 2. Now

    In 1965 the Borough of Uxbridge joined with three neighbouring councils (Ruislip-Northwood, Hayes and Harlington and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban Districts) to form the London Borough of Hillingdon. Much of the centre of Uxbridge town is pedestrianised, which makes it a popular shopping destination. It is also a popular commuter town, being just 15 miles from Charing Cross ...Read morein central London. Places to study in the town include Uxbridge College and the Brunel University. Read less

  • 3. Events

    Big Fest is an annual street festival in Uxbridge High Street. Costumed characters roam the town centre and performances take place on a main stage and in an arena. The event, in October, is organised by Hillingdon Council. Uxbridge Autoshow takes place in July and is organised by the Rotary Club of Uxbridge. This family show includes plenty of live entertainment for everyone ...Read moreas well as displays of vintage vehicles. The Chimes Taste Weekend celebrates all things yummy and takes place in July. Events include live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and plenty of free food samples. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    The Battle of Britain Bunker, at RAF Uxbridge, was the site at which Winston Churchill said his famous words: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few". This historic site can be visited every weekday. The Colne Valley Visitor Centre, in Denham, offers information and maps about the Colne Valley and its farmland, woodland, 50 miles of rive...Read morer and canal and over 40 lakes. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Hillingdon sports and leisure complex includes a lido, an indoor swimming pool, running track, exercise studio, sports courts and much more. Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre is situated at a 45-acre lake on the outskirts of town. Water sports activities are available at this centre. Denham Country Park has footpaths and bridleways and offers plenty of opportunities to see...Read more wildlife, including along the rivers and canal. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The Chimes is a shopping centre in the heart of Uxbridge, offering over 70 stores as well as restaurants, cafes and a nine-screen IMAX cinema. The Mall Pavilions shopping centre has over 100 stores, including many high street names. A good selection of independent and traditional shops can be found in Windsor Street, just off the High Street. A craft market is held every Wedn...Read moreesday in The Mall Pavilions, offering a selection of different arts and crafts to suit every taste. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Uxbridge Underground Station is on the Metropolitan Line and the Piccadilly Line, giving good access into central London. By car, Uxbridge is close to junction 1 of the M40 and to junction 16 of the M25. The A40 leads from the town into central London and the A413 leads north. The nearest airport to Uxbridge is Heathrow, which is just over five miles as the crow flies, or 11 ...Read moremiles by road. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Compass Theatre and Arts Centre in Ickenham offers a varied programme of live events, including shows, plays, musical events and children’s entertainment. The Uxbridge Folk Club is based at the Uxbridge Royal Naval Association and usually has live events every other Thursday night.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Brunel University was formed in 1966 and forms a significant part of the town. It is a campus-based university housing nearly 15,000 students from over 100 different countries. The Battle of Britain Bunker at RAF Uxbridge has a very significant role in history and visitors to this site can learn all about its wartime operations.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Famous people from the Hillingdon area include Ronnie Wood, of the Rolling Stones and TV astrologer Russell Grant


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