OXFORD has been voted the UK's eight favourite city for travelers.

Readers of luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller voted the city of dreaming spires into the top ten in the journal's annual poll for the first time.

London came in first place, Edinburgh in second, and Cambridge was in sixth.

Two Oxfordshire hotels were also ranked in the top 20 in the poll – Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton bagged 12th place down from fourth in 2015, and the Soho Farmhouse in Great Tew is just clinging on at number 20, having not been placed last year.

The Randolph hotel, long considered the city's most luxurious place to spend a night, did not place in this poll but general manager Michael Grange said business was booming and that Oxford's ranking in the Condé Nast survey could only be a good thing.

Condé Nast columnist and designer Kirsty Ward, whose family live in Stanford in the Vale near Wantage, ranked the champagne cocktails at the Grand Cafe in Oxford High Street as one of her favourite attractions in the city.

The cafe claims to stand on the precise site that housed the first Coffee House in England in 1650.

She also highlighted the shrunken heads at Oxford's Pitt Rivers museum as one of her top cultural diversions and the pick-your-own strawberries at Millets Farm in Fyfield as her favourite sweet treat.

Condé Nast Traveller reader's poll: UK cities (last year's position in brackets)
1. London (1)
2. Edinburgh (2)
3. Bath (3)
4. Glasgow (5)
5. Salisbury (12)
6. Cambridge (8)
7. Newcastle (10)
8. Oxford (11)
9. Leeds (-)
10. York (4)
11. Liverpool (6)
12. Cardiff (9)
13. Belfast (-)
14. Manchester (7)
15. Cheltenham (-)