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The University City of Monarchs, Prime Ministers and Presidents, Oxford has been venerated as a seat of learning since medieval times. The earliest origins of hotel accommodation in Oxford were in monastic Inns, paralleled today with students living in the College Inns. As more Colleges were founded, the city grew to provide readily available services for increasing numbers of visitors and residents. Due to its situation on the River Thames, rowing competitions between the Colleges are keenly supported by participants’ friends and families. Development of the city has made more than 150 additional hotels and guesthouses or B&B accommodation available to tourists, travellers, business people and other visitors.
Noted for its cyclists, the city of Oxford is, however, easily accessible by rail and road, with Park and Ride facilities available, whilst Oxford airport is located nearby at Kidlington.
Travellers on the London to Fishguard road requiring overnight hotel rooms are served by Oxford coaching inns, such as the 13th century coaching inn which is now the 4-star MacDonaldBear hotel on Park Street.
The multi-faceted city of Oxford has an enviable variety of places of interest with hotels nearby. Tours of the numerous Colleges alone can keep the visitor’s time fully occupied. Trips to museums and art galleries can be fitted around these tours. With meals and refreshments taken at pubs and restaurants, events at the cathedral and entertainment provided by theatres and music venues can be included in the itinerary.
Visitors can stay at hotels convenient to the A34, M40 and A40 such as the 4-star Puma Hotels The Oxford situated on Godstow Road which has a Health Club and swimming pool.
Featured in literature and often used for film and television locations, the city of Oxford has much to offer the contemporary visitor as well as the student. Harry Potter fans can book an official Oxford guided walking tour “Pottering in Harry’s footsteps”.
You can have a Morse-themed short break in Oxford at the 5-star MacDonald Randolph hotel located on Beaumont Street, and look for celebrities in the Morse Bar, used as a location for both the television series Morse and the sequel series Lewis. You can add on an Inspector Morse guided walking tour visiting some of their case sites.
The vibrant city of Oxford offers such a broad programme of events that you can be tempted to return for multiple holidays. March heralds the annual Oxford Literary Festival which includes Bodleian Library tours and a young people’s programme.
During the Oxford Dance Festival in March you can participate in workshops and taster sessions, listen to talks, watch dance cinema or public outdoor dance events.
Music-lovers attending choral Sung Services at Christ Church Cathedral during the College terms and events such as the Lieder Festival, Oxford Philomusica’s FUNomusica Family Concerts and the annual Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy or Summer Baroque Season can book an Oxford city break at the modern 4-star Remont Oxford Hotel on Banbury Road.
Fans attending Oxford United Football Club or London Welsh Rugby Football Club matches at the Kassam Stadium can book hotel rooms at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Oxford-Kassam Stadium, situated on Grenoble Road next to the stadium. For meals and entertainment, visitors can find restaurants, cinema, a swimming pool and gymnasium at the Ozone Leisure Park close by this Oxford hotel.