With so much to discover in the historic city of Oxford, it can be difficult deciding how to spend your day, particularly if you’re factoring in time restrictions. So, whether you have one, three, or five hours to spare, our boutique Oxford hotel suggests how to make those precious moments count with some time-suitable ideas.
No trip to Oxford is complete without a visit to the breath-taking Blenheim Palace, just a 20-minute drive from our Oxford hotel. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many stories to tell. The outstanding architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, who created English Baroque, is also the namesake behind our very own Vanbrugh House Hotel.
Take a free guided tour of the State Rooms, visit the Churchill Exhibition, or discover the beauty of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens at your own leisure. Get lost in the Marlborough Maze, visit the home of butterfly species from around the world at The Butterfly House, or simply sit back and enjoy the surroundings at one of the four delicious cafés and restaurants in the grounds.
‘… because the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health’
In light of this philosophy, wealthy antiquary, royalist, scholar and collector, Elias Ashmole, founded the Ashmolean Museum and gave it as a gift to the University of Oxford in 1677, as well as his collections.
Embrace the academic tradition of Oxford with a visit to the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, The Ashmolean, aptly named after its founder. Learn and explore world-famous collections from Egyptian mummies to medieval antiques. The museum is just a short walk from our hotel in Oxford city centre
Don’t miss Jeff Koons’ first UK museum exhibition in a decade, held at the Ashmolean from 7 February to 9 June 2019. Curated by Koons himself, the show will feature seventeen important works spanning the artist’s career, fourteen of which have never been exhibited in the UK before.
The beauty and splendour of Oxford can be discovered and appreciated in as little as one hour. Just a short stroll from our boutique hotel in Oxford, Victors bar and restaurant and soak up a few historic sites on the way, including St. Peter’s College, Oxford War Memorial and St. Ebbe’s Church. Located on the terrace at Westgate shopping centre, the venue’s wisteria-clad interior provides a picturesque setting for residents and tourists alike.
As well as an impressive food offering, the menu is complemented by an extensive beverage list, including wines sourced by Victors’ in-house experts, and innovative cocktails designed to incite the senses. A perfect setting to catch up with friends or loved ones, it’s no wonder this Instagram-worthy spot is such a popular destination.
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Lovely hotel in a wonderful central location. We could easily walk to most places of interest with many restaurants. We had booked a superior double, which was on the second floor and quiet as requested.
The staff were happy to help with our luggage. Standard of room excellent with a lovely bathroom and walk in shower.
Assistance pleasantly provided by helpful staff - good restaurants, parking, ice, taxis etc. Good breakfast choice included in tariff. Loved our stay and would certainly return.
The experience was superb from start to finish. Lovely deluxe room with private garden. Excellent for a special treat. The hotel is in a great location and Oxford has plenty of lovely coffee shops and restaurants to keep you nourished.
The hotel suite is very nice and spacious. We love every detail in the room, especially the shower in the bathroom! The complimentary breakfast is also very good with nice service! Definitely will stay over again if we come back to Oxford!
My husband and I came to Oxford to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived at the hotel all staff were very accommodating and friendly. We were kindly given a room that required no steps (The Sir John Vanbrugh Suite) given that I am heavily pregnant. In addition, we were given a welcome drink to celebrate our anniversary as well as a lovely card- a really nice touch especially given that it was so long ago since I'd mentioned it in our booking!
Breakfast the next morning was fantastic - really fresh ingredients and friendly staff. The location of the hotel is excellent. We used the park and ride option for parking which really was very easy and much cheaper than the multi storey.
Our room looked out onto the main street but noise definitely wasn't a problem. The best part of the room was either the very comfy bed or the enormous bath! Thanks to all staff for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable!
I recently spent one night at Oxford and since I'm not driving and I plan to take the train, I want to stay in a decent hotel at the city centre and close to train station. Vanbrugh House Hotel ticks all of the above.
Staff are super helpful and friendly, I arrived on the day with big snow and my train was cancelled so I have to get off at Didcot Parkway and take a bus. By the time I arrived, it was only 12 noon but the staff kindly check me in early. They also helped carried the luggage (together with me, of course) to go up the stairs.
The hotel was recently renovated and positioned as a boutique hotel, the size of the room is very okay as I'm travelling sole and it's very comfortable. Shower facilities are great so as the washroom amenities are very high quality. Breakfast, traditional English breakfast with unlimited cereal plus toasts was excellent. Would definitely stay here again.
Our stay at the Vanbrugh House Hotel was enjoyable. The hotel is located in the centre of Oxford, giving us the opportunity to explore Oxford right outside the front door. The staff were very helpful and courteous, and after a day of touring it was relaxing to have a glass of wine at the hotel.
What a fabulous hotel. The staff, location and rooms are excellent. The staff couldn't do enough to help and were very welcoming. Location is perfect for the Theatre, the new Westgate shopping centre and plenty of restaurant within a very short walk.
The rooms are beautiful and very clean. Loved the fact that anything in the rooms fridge was complimentary.
Beautiful hotel in the centre of Oxford, great location with everything nearby, but very peaceful and quiet. The room was gorgeous, the staff very friendly and helpful. Great food and spotless rooms. Thoroughly recommended and we'll definitely be returning.
I love luxury stays with family and this hotel is perfect. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Our kids had a very enjoyable time there. Staff are very nice and they helped us with how to organise free time for our kids. Highly recommended!
Nice little boutique hotel, centrally located in a quiet area. Complimentary snacks, tea, coffee in room. Comfy beds and best bonus was Mustafa from the front desk staff. He was most ready and willing to help with any request, and at all times with a very friendly and a happy personality.