If you only had 24 hours to spend in Oxford, what would you do?
Also known as the City of Dreaming Spires, exploring the streets of Oxford will reveal over 800 years of history. The flourishing city is renowned for its stunning architecture and the prestigious university, however, Oxford is much more than a university town.
With so much to do and see, how can you fully immerse yourself in Oxford’s beauty and history in 24 hours? Here are the top things to do and see to make the most of your visit and your stay at our boutique hotel in Oxford.
No trip to Oxford would be complete without visiting the university! The University of Oxford is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in the world, with numerous famous faces and great minds studying here.
The university is made up of 38 independent colleges across the city. The colleges range in age and size, making some large and visible, whilst others and tucked away in cobbled side streets. There are many colleges close to our luxury hotel in Oxford and our Oxford hotel even looks over the Oxford Union, where an episode of Question Time was recently filmed!
If you have the chance to visit just one college (and you might in 24 hours!), then Christ Church College is a must see! The largest, and arguably the most famous college, Christ Church has not only been featured in many films, such as Harry Potter, but it’s also where Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice and Wonderland taught mathematics.
Grab a takeaway lunch and head to the hidden Botanic Garden. Just off the high street and close to our boutique hotel in Oxford, you can find Britain’s oldest botanic garden, right in the heart of the city centre. Founded in 1621, the garden was first established to study medicinal plants.
With glasshouses, a conservatory, rock garden and vegetable patch, the stunning gardens are a feast for the eyes and the perfect surroundings to enjoy a picnic.
Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers was an anthropologist who collected more than 20,000 objects from around the world.
His collection is one of the finest collections of anthropology and archaeology in human history and it’s all crammed into a small museum. The collection is not for the faint-hearted with shrunken human heads and mummies being part of it, however, it still has plenty more to explore with various weird and wonderful objects on display.
Before you head back to our luxury hotel in Oxford, why not go and catch a show? Performing in a variety of non-traditional venues, including city parks, Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford Castle and various colleges, the Creation theatre produces a range of original shows, with plenty of magic, quirk and special effects.
Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top attractions. To check availability, contact the Oxford hotel team on email@example.com or 01865 244 622
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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.