Boat on the river in Leiden

Leiden, Netherlands - twinned with Oxford since 1946

The Oxford-Leiden Link, established in 1946 following the Second World War, was Oxford's first twin link. Initiated to promote international friendship, it has continually evolved to reflect changing lifestyles and maintain strong cross-cultural connections.

The home of the oldest university in The Netherlands, Leiden is full of bookshops, printing works, and students on bikes - much like Oxford itself. Set against the stunning backdrop of traditional Dutch architecture and picturesque canals, Leiden is known as the 'museum city' of the Netherlands. One of the world's most famous painters, Rembrandt, was born and educated in Leiden.

Since 1946, approximately 10,000 individuals from both cities have participated in joint cultural, sporting, and social activities, deepening understanding of each other’s cultures and traditions.

For more information or to participate in the Oxford-Leiden Link, please visit Oxford-Leiden Link or the Oxford Leiden Link Facebook group.

Contact the Oxford International Links Team

Address: Oxford City Council
Town Hall
St Aldate's

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