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Spend a day in Oxford

Oxford has lots of picturesque scenery, as well as loads of amazing things to do! If you’re only staying with our boutique hotel for a short amount of time, we’ve picked out some of the best ways to spend your trip. We’re not saying you will get all these done in one-day, but it’s a good excuse to come back and visit us again to tick the remainder off your list!

City Sightseeing bus

What’s not to love about these buses? Hop on at your local stop and then hop off again when you feel like it! The City Sightseeing Oxford bus tour takes around an hour in total, departing every 10-15 minutes in the summer. The closest stop to our Oxford city centre hotel is Westgate, just a 3-minute walk away from us. The tour takes you to iconic places like Oxford Castle, Christ Church, The Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian theatre and North Parade to name a few. You can buy your tickets for the tour here or they can be bought from the driver on the day. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours on the City Sightseeing red and green buses, where you can get on and off at any of the 20 stops on route!

Sightseeing Bus

Junkyard Golf Club

Channel your inner Tiger Woods, whilst sipping on some funky cocktails, at Junkyard Golf Club! Located just a short walk from our Oxford hotel. Choose from 3 different courses; Pablo, Gary and Bozo and beat your friends or loved one as you get a hole in one (obviously!) All the courses are made from reclaimed items – hence the Junkyard theme. It is recommended that you book. If you get there before your golfing session begins, why not make use of the extra time to try one of their cocktails? We’ll have a Ribena Turner, thanks!

Junkyard Golf Club

(Photo Credit: Junkyard Golf Club, Facebook)

Mini Cooper plant tour

Take a trip to the Mini Cooper plant in Oxford, located just a short drive from our boutique hotel in Oxford city centre. On this tour you’ll take a journey through more than 100 years of Oxford’s car making history and discover how the car plant can make over 1,000 made to order cars every day, in just 67 seconds! Booking is advised for this tour, and it’s worth noting that sensible footwear must be worn. Unfortunately, those with a pacemaker are not permitted to tour.

BMW Mini Cooper Cars

(Photo Credit: experienceoxfordshire.org)

Oxford Botanic Garden

Ever feel like you just want to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Then why not visit the oldest garden in Britain; Oxford Botanic garden is a worldwide sensation. Famous author Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, spent many a day in the walled garden with his acquaintance Alice Liddell who the book was named after. Take a leisurely stroll around the gardens and experience the incredible plants and flowers Mother Nature has to offer! Tickets can be booked here.

Oxford Botanical Garden

(Photo Credit: University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Facebook)

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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