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  • Oxford is home to a range of B&Bs and hotels, whether it be sleek and contemporary or traditional and homely. 
  • Our Oxford accommodation will provide a cozy bed, a freshly prepared breakfast, and suggestions will be offered on local visitor attractions. 
  • This is an affordable alternative to staying in a larger hotel, and will provide you with a distinct taste of Oxford.

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Oxford B&B Reviews

"This was a very pleasant and relaxing experience. Friendly staff, clear instructions, clean and comfortable room ... The surroundings are great. Definitely better than an ordinary B&B!" John Bell

"We had a delightful time in Oxford, and what a treat to stay at Christ Church College. The breakfast was excellent, as were the accommodations...Great value for the money." Helmuth Habermann

"My stay at Corpus Christi was wonderful. The location is excellent, the room was old with lots of character (and a comfortable bed) and the food was delicious and plentiful. I would highly recommend Corpus Christi to anyone visiting Oxford. Wonderful experience!" Patricia Seaton

Oxford Visitor information

Oxford is a beautiful yet vibrant city on the Thames, the home of one of the most famous universities in the world, Alice in Wonderland and Hogwarts Hall.  It is not exaggeration to call Oxford a "wonderland" with a magical atmosphere of its own.  Oxford is one of England's jewels which every visitor to the UK should visit, and ideally stay a night or more.  

Its university has given the city much of its exceptional architecture and its rich cultural heritage: over 900 buildings are listed as having historic or architectural merit, all located within a square mile. A view along the High Street has been described as one of the most celebrated views in Europe.

Oxford has had a role in educating four British, and at least eight foreign kings, 47 Nobel prize-winners, three Fields medallists, 25 British Prime Ministers, 28 foreign presidents and prime ministers, seven saints, 86 archbishops, 18 cardinals, and one pope. Seven of the last eleven British Prime Ministers have been Oxford graduates. Amongst the University's old members are many widely influential scientists, artists and other prominent figures.

Activities of interest in Oxford

Here is a selection of the places to visit and things to do in Oxford:

  • The Ashmolean Museum: A world renowned museum of art and archaeology.
  • The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments: The history and development of musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition from the medieval period until the present day.
  • The Pitt Rivers Museum: Archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world.
  • The University of Oxford Botanical Gardens: The oldest botanic garden in Britain.
  • The Museum of Oxford: Explore the wonders of Oxford?s long history.
  • The Museum of the History of Science: An unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building.
  • The Oxford University Museum of Natural History: The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens.

Getting to Oxford

Oxford is about 60 miles (90 kms) northwest of London and has excellent road and national rail links.

  • From London: options include train or bus. Trains leave regularly from London Paddington (enquiries: 08457484950; ). For buses, options include the Oxford Tube (enquiries: 0(044)1865772250) / Oxford Express (enquiries: 0(044)1865785410), which leave every 12 minutes during peak times. Coaches stop along the High st at intervals and end at Gloucester Green Coach Station in the city centre.
  • From London airports: if travelling from Heathrow or Gatwick, use The Airline coach service, which operate a direct frequent service twenty-four hours a day. For information telephone 0(044)1865 785400. London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours (tel: +44 (0)8705 747777). Alternatively, a number of companies, including Oxicars and CCB Cars, offer pre-bookable airport transfers.
  • By car: We recommend public transport for travelling to Oxford, as many Oxford streets are now closed to traffic and parking is limited. Visitors by car could opt to stay at St Hugh's college (when rooms are available) which has car parking, or are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts at Pear Tree, Woodstock Road (north); Water Eaton (north); Seacourt, Botley Road (west); Redbridge, Abingdon Road (south); and Thornhill, London Road (east). Having left your car in the car park a regular bus will take you into the centre of Oxford, stopping at stages along the High St (the bus driver should know the nearest stop for you).
  • Taxis: Taxis can be found at Gloucester Green Coach Station, Oxford Railway Station, and St Giles' in the city centre. Some taxi numbers: Radio Taxis, Tel: +44 (0)1865 249743 or 242424 or ABC Taxis, Tel: =44 (0)1865 770077.


History of Oxford

Oxford: the City

Oxford's roots trace back to 700 when a priory was formed "where oxen were wont to ford the Thames" (thus "Ox-ford"). In 1214 the University received a charter from the Pope. Influxes of Dominican friars in 1221, and then Franciscans in 1224, contributed Oxford's strong Catholic traditions. Oxford as an important centre of religious activity continues today: all colleges have a chapel (Christ Church's is a Norman cathedral), and several colleges continue to function as religious foundations.

Today Oxford flourishes.  The university certainly dominates the city due to its central location as much as its size, but there are also a great many other aspects to Oxford life: a successful theatre scene, prosperous industry including the BMW factory in Cowley, a large number of retail outlets, and many museums and attractions for visitors to name a few.

Oxford: the University

In the early years of the second millennium, any Englishman in search of learning would study at the University of Paris, the foremost academic institution of the time. However, in 1167, all English academics in Paris were moved to Oxford. Whether this was because Henry II recalled them or they were expelled by the French isn't clear. But Henry, who had built Beaumont Palace (of which no trace remains) as a residence near where Worcester college now stands, and who had given the city a charter in 1155, clearly established Oxford as England's principle academic centre.

Today there are 39 colleges of varying age, size and character. Every student at the university is a member of a college, which provides students with accommodation, meals, tutoring, libraries, common rooms, and sports and social facilities.

Reviews For Oxford

Average Score


Based On 39358 Reviews

The room was small and spartan but clean and serviceable. The nearby bathrooms were utilitarian but clean and fully functional. Altogether the stay was excellent value for money in a world of overpriced and overly arty hotels.

(Review Of St Hugh's College, Oxford)

I had a lack of water in the bathroom but the maintenance fixed it promptly. The quads, the dining hall and the breakfast buffet absolutely impressive!

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

No one was there to let us in, despite the fact that we were there exactly between 2pm and 5pm as requested... fortunately a student opened and everything went smoothly then. The room was lovely, and in a great facility! Thanks.

(Review Of St Benet's Hall, Oxford)

Walking tour with Stuart Holloway. Enjoyed the tour, although he was a little late starting because he was trying to attract more people. Our tour of 9 people was good size and he provided lots of information. He also made excellent recommendation for lunch later at The Turf pub (where my daughter and I did eat later). Enjoyed the tour. Thank you.

(Review Of Walking Tour of Oxford University)

A great overnight stay whilst in Oxford for a wedding. So much nicer, and cheaper, than a hotel. The college staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, rooms were spotless and comfortable, breakfast excellent and all in a very special location.

(Review Of Christ Church, Oxford)

It was a pleasure to be able to stay at Christ Church. The college was very welcoming. My international colleague was very impressed with the college architecture, and it made a pleasant change from chain hotels.

(Review Of Christ Church, Oxford)

The breakfast was excellent and the staff were really helpful. The room was in staircase 19 which was a newer area of the college, but it was clean and though the shower was shared it was not a problem. Would definitely recommend to others.

(Review Of Jesus College, Oxford)

Very friendly, helpful and competent management, only grumble was no bin in own room. Breakfast provisions (cornflakes, fresh milk) were much appreciated, though microwave oven and/or pots and pans for heating food would have been an advantage, particularly as all the necessary kitchen facilities were otherwise available.

(Review Of Merifield Annex, Oxford)

It's like a furnace in there! The radiator was on full blast, so I switched it to off. But it remained on anyway, and so did the one in the bathroom. Shower drain was somewhat blocked too. Other than the lack of maintenance, I had a great time!

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)
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