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About Oxford

About Oxford

Known for its historic architecture and world-class university, Oxford is one of the United Kingdom's most sought-after towns. Located to the north-west of London, Oxford is easily accessible by train, and around 40 miles from Heathrow Airport. Many of Oxford's most distinct landmarks are found at the town's educational institutions, with highlights including the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, and the colleges which together form Oxford University. Despite being a smaller city in size, Oxford's rich cultural heritage and renowned university make it an eclectic and vibrant destination with excellent pubs and bars, acclaimed restaurants, and a dynamic arts scene.

Using Opodo's online search engine, you can find the perfect Oxford hotel room in a matter of minutes. After selecting your dates and number of rooms required, you will be presented with a variety of great hotel offers. View these hotels by order of price, distance from the city centre, number of stars, or by Opodo's top picks which include the aforementioned factors. Filter results by other criteria such as desired amenities or disability facilities. You can also see how busy rooms are on your requested dates, so you can make a decision on how quickly you need to book a hotel.

What to see in Oxford

Opened in 1602, the Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It's worth the visit for even just viewing the building alone, beyond the fantastic book collection which is now spread across several sites. Many of the University of Oxford's colleges permit visitors to visit the campus at particular times. With each college boasting its own heritage, there's sure to be one, or some, that mesh with your personal interests in academia, history, and architecture. Some of the most popular colleges include Merton College, which claims to be the oldest in Oxford, Exeter College, known for its impressive neo-Gothic architecture, and Christ Church, which is particularly visit-worthy owing to its green meadows.

Museums should also be on the agenda when you book a hotel in Oxford. Many are affiliated with the local universities and offer world-class installations. These include the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Oxford Art Museum. If you want to enjoy a bit of fresh air, the Oxford University Parks and the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens are delightful spaces to spend time in the warmer months. No visit to Oxford would be complete without a punt on the local stretch of the River Thames.

Where to stay in Oxford

For those who want a cheap hotel which is close to Oxford's sights and attractions, then accommodation in the historic city centre is a recommended option. Oxford's centre is compact and walkable, and most of the major attractions can be reached in around 30 minutes on foot from centrally located hotels. Located in the county of Oxfordshire, the city is surrounded by idyllic villages and rolling green countryside.

If you're looking for a hotel in a more rural locale, then the nearby towns of Abingdon, Witney, and Didcot are excellent bases for exploring in themselves, and also within easy reach of Oxford's centre. Blenheim Palace is one of the UK's most popular stately country houses. The village of Woodstock, next to Blenheim Palace, is located just 8 miles from Oxford on the edge of the Cotswolds region, famed for its natural beauty and dotted with traditional country pubs and quaint English cafes.