If you’re booking accommodation when staying in the medieval University City of Oxford, a large choice is available in and around the city centre ranging from cheap budget youth hostel accommodation, bed and breakfast, guest houses and cottages, self catering apartments and boutique hotels, up to the luxury 5 star Macdonald Randolph hotel. Several are nearby to shopping zones, theatres and touristic attractions such as the Carfax tower, the covered market, Cornmarket Street, the University Parks and Ashmolean Museum, which is the world’s oldest public museum. The Oxford Bus Company schedules frequent coaches to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the M40 motorway connects both London and Birmingham which connects Manchester via the M6. Most hotels offer rooms with ensuite facilities, Internet access, room service and some have conference facilities. Good deals can be found if booking early. Chain hotels in Oxford include the Holiday Inn, Barcelo, Best Western, Mercure, Travelodge and Malmaison, which occupies part of the former Oxford Castle prison block. Cheap student and backpacker’s accommodation can be found mostly in the Cowley and St Clements areas of Oxford.