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OXFORD IN LITERATURE AND FILM

It’s no secret that Oxford is the scholarly capital of Britain, and probably the world. Endless famous faces have graced the university’s halls over the years including some of Britain’s most influential writers such as Oscar Wilde, T.S Eliot, J. R. R. Tolkien and even Dr Seuss! Oxford’s rich literary history has also branched out onto the big (and small) screen, inspiring some iconic productions. Our boutique hotel in Oxford has come up with some of Oxford’s literary and film history you can discover during your stay.

 

Rediscover the Magic at Harry Potter’s Great Hall

 

Hogwart’s Great Hall in the Harry Potter franchise was famously inspired by the Tudor dining hall at Oxford’s Christ Church. Visitors can now retrace the steps of Harry Potter and discover some real life magic in this magnificent building. Its staircase was also used several times during the films.

 

The clositers at New College were also used as a location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book and film. The infamous scene where Mad-Eye Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret was filmed here and the Bodleian Library’s Divinity School was used as Hogwart’s infirmary.

Rediscover the Magic at Harry Potter’s Great Hall

Explore Alice in Wonderland

 

Although Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland wasn’t filmed in Oxford, the author attended Oxford University and it was here that he was inspired to write the classic tales. In fact, he met the ‘real life’ Alice here and thus the story began. We are such a big fan of his we’ve even named one of our rooms after him!

 

You can take a Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland tour to see where the real Alice lived and the Harry Potter film locations.

Find out more here.

 

Explore Alice in Wonderland

Blenheim Palace on the Big Screen

 

Nearby to our boutique Oxford hotel, Blenheim Palace has been used in many films. This list includes Spectre, Cinderella, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Gulliver’s Travellers and the recent The BFG and Transformers 5. Take a stroll around its stunning gardens and experience some cinematic magic.

Blenheim Palace on the Big Screen

Downton Abbey Fan? Visit Bampton

 

If you fancy taking a day trip while staying at our Oxford Hotel then visit the Cotswold village of Bampton, which is where some filming of the extremely popular Downton Abbey took place.

Downton Abbey Fan? Visit Bampton

Fall in Love at Broughton Castle

 

Broughton Castle in Banbury is a hidden gem of Oxfordshire and definitely worth a visit when you stay at our Oxford hotel. It has played a backdrop for many productions including Shakespeare in Love and the BBC series Wolf Hall.

 

Fall in Love at Broughton Castle


Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top Oxford museums, Oxford theatres and Oxford bars. To check availability, email us or call us on 01865 244 622.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel Reviews

Clare,

Melbourne, Australia

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.


Graham,

Salisbury

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.


Adrianne,

Hong Kong

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!


Kate,

London

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!


Luna,

Hong Kong

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.


Leo,

New York

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.


Jan,

Princes Risborough

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.


Donna,

Bedford

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.


Anna,

Poland

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!


Cat,

Mount Prospect, Illinois

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.

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