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Steeped in history and full of uplifting architectural beauty, Oxford is ideal for the curious traveller…

Oxford, also known as the City of Dreaming Spires is one of the UK’s most popular destinations with over 1000 years of history for you to explore. Our hotel in Oxford is perfectly situated to see the sights! The stunning medieval city of Oxford has something to offer everyone.


Historic Oxford buildings...

Oxford is filled with beautiful historic buildings to explore including world-famous colleges such as; Christ Church, Balliol and New College, the Bodleian Library, Oxford Castle and Carfax Tower.

There are some magnificent buildings to see in Oxford. Everywhere you turn, you’re met by architectural beauty. And, though there’s plenty to see, we would recommend Christ Church, the Radcliffe Camera and the gothic University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Oxford Botanic Garden...

Unwind in the UK’s oldest botanic gardens and, one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world! Set in 130 acres of stunning woodland, this Oxford city oasis contains over 6,000 different plant species and is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.



Blenheim Palace...

A 25-minute drive from Oxford find Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house with over 300 years of history and one of Sir John Vanbrugh’s architectural feats.


Bicester Village...

Bicester Village; the ultimate open-air shopping haven for luxury goods and designer brands can be found in the countryside in Oxfordshire! Founded in 1995, Bicester Village began as an outlet, and today is well known as a luxury destination which is home to 160 boutiques from leading British and International brands. The village offers exceptional value for money, along with a range of VIP guest services to be discovered.

Tours of Oxford...

An organised tour of Oxford is a fantastic way to see the very best that the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ has to offer. Whether it’s by bus, on foot or by bike or themed for literature, history or film lovers, visitors can choose from the array of tours available including Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter or University and Colleges.

Punting on River Cherwell...

For a truly, quintessentially Oxford pastime, head down to the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse. Hire a traditional Oxford punt and enjoy a cruise along the picturesque River Cherwell at your leisure.

World-class museums...

Amongst the architectural masterpieces in Oxford, the city is home to world-class museums. From natural history to modern art, if you’re a lover of museums, you’ll be sure to find something to spark your interest.

Theatre trips...

Whether it’s a play or musical, the theatres in Oxford offer a varied programme throughout the year. From the New Theatre Oxford – home to touring productions of musicals, plays and comedy – to the Playhouse Oxford offering a range of British and international dramas, family shows and amateur productions.


From stylish boutiques and intriguing bookshops to modern shopping centres and classic markets, Oxford is a haven for shopaholics.

Events in Oxford...

The colleges, museums and libraries throughout Oxford offer fascinating lectures and events for visitors to the city. Many are free to attend and give expert insight into a wide range of subjects.

Music events in Oxford...

From classical and choral to folk and contemporary, Oxford is home to some great music venues all of which are within easy reach; including Oxford Town Hall and the O2 Academy.


Brasserie Blanc...

Enjoy an evening of traditional and authentic French food inspired by Raymond Blanc in the heart of Oxford. The menu changes with the seasons, making it the perfect choice when you are looking for somewhere special to dine.

The Folly Restaurant...

Occupying one of the most sought-after spots in Oxford, this unique riverside restaurant offers elegant evening meals, relaxed lunches and even special cruise and dine packages; a place not to be missed when visiting Oxford.

No.1 Ship Street

A modern British Brasserie with daily specials, that perfectly combines exciting food alongside astute service.

Oli’s Thai...

A fabulously popular restaurant serving delicious Thai inspired food in a relaxed and chilled environment.




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