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Have a Spooktacular Halloween in Oxford

We may be home to one of the world’s top universities, but not all of our residents are scholars…some are a little more on the paranormal side! With lots of strange sightings and peculiar goings on, Oxford is largely believed to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. In the spirit of the most spooktacular month of the year, our boutique hotel in Oxford thought we’d share Oxford’s most haunted places for those who are brave enough to read on…

St Johns College

You may think you’d be safe in the tranquillity of a library, but not in Oxford.  Many students have claimed to see the headless ghost of Archbishop Willian Laud kicking his head along the floor of the library in St John’s College. Laud was a student of St John’s who then became its president and chancellor. He was beheaded in 1645 for an impeachment of the Long Parliament, although his guilt was never proven.

St Johns CollegeOxford Castle

As you may have guessed, former prison Oxford Castle certainly makes it onto Oxford, and even the UK’s, most haunted list due to its long, dark history. There has been plenty of spooky activity reported, notably the ghost of Mary Blandy, who was executed at the castle in 1752 for killing her father. She has since been seen wandering the Castle Mound where she was hung for her crime. More recently, during the 1970s, a group carrying out a séance accidently invited poltergeist activity. Things became so chaotic that a priest had to be called to exorcise the demons.

Oxford CastleTrout Inn

Fancy a pint with a touch of the paranormal? Head to the Trout Inn, one of Oxford’s famed haunted inns. Along with Godstow Nunnery across the river, the inn is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Rosamund the Fair, also known as Rosamund Clifford, who was a nun and mistress of King Henry II. The story claims that Rosamund died from drinking poison given to her to Queen Eleanor, after she discovered her husband’s affair. Today Rosamund’s ghost haunts the inn and has been seen throwing bottles from tables and creating a smell of heather whenever she appears. Eerily she was buried holding a sprig of heather…

Haunted House OxfordIf this has peaked for passion for the paranormal then why not experience Bill Spectre’s famous Ghost Trails this Autumn to truly get you into the Halloween spirit!

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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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