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Things to do on a rainy day in Oxford

Although there is so much to see and do in Oxford’s beautiful streets, sometimes the cold and rainy weather just isn’t the one. However, don’t let the weather spoil your fun, as the dreaming city of spires is also home to some of the best museums, castles and outlets.

In this blog, our boutique hotel in Oxford explores four of the best indoor attractions, perfect for those rainy days…

Ashmolean Museum

Have a history lesson at Ashmolean Museum. The University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, Ashmolean Museum is full of extraordinary diverse collections, with objects dating from to 500,000 BC! The 16th-century building boasts the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the only Minoan collection and has the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting. Until the 9th June 2019, the museum is showcasing Jeff Koons’ exhibition, who has been called the world’s most famous and controversial artist.

Ashmolean Museum

[photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/subherwal/35803805501]

Oxford Castle & Prison

Discover the city’s history at Oxford Castle & Prison and be transported back when William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings. The best way to learn about the buildings rich history is on a guided tour, led by a costumed character guide, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower and stunning 360 panoramic views of Oxford, before descending deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900-year-old crypt – as well as so much more!

Oxford Castle and Prison

[photo credit: https://www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/]

Bodleian Libraries

Get lost in books and admire stunning architecture at the Bodleian Libraries! One of the oldest libraries in Europe, the library is home to over 12 million items and is the main research facility for the University of Oxford. Admire the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, the school has been used as a filming location for the Harry Potter franchise – helping to bring the magic of Hogwarts to life…

Bodleian Libraries

[photo credit: http://wandering.tv/harry-potter-fan-trip/]

Bicester Village

Fancy a spot of retail therapy? Well, you’re in the right city, with popular designer outlet, Bicester Village just a short drive from our boutique Oxford hotel. With dozens of designer labels at discounted prices, you can feel a little less guilty when you treat yourself to a new handbag, pair of shoes or a new suit. After you’ve dropped ‘til you’ve dropped, stop for a bite to eat at one of many delicious restaurants, cafes and pop-ups!

Bicester Village

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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