You will find below websites for booking bed & breakfast accommodation within Oxford Colleges and hotels in Oxford City. We also provide a list of three-star and four-star Oxford hotels with brief descriptions of each. Included here is a guided map of Oxford University and the City.
Bed & Breakfast
A list of accommodations within Oxford colleges - popular, good value, and booking in advance is recommended:
Hotels **** Star or more
The Old Bank Hotel (http://www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk/ ) – recommended and popular, 5* hotel, central location.
The Randolph Hotel (http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-randolph-hotel/) – traditional and locally notable, leading 5* hotel, centrally located.
The Old Parsonage Hotel (https://www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk/) – popular (owned by same company as the Old Bank, but a little more expensive), 5* hotel centrally located, more to the north of the city.
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel (http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-6668-mercure-oxford-eastgate-hotel/index.shtml) – recommended, 4* hotel, central location
Malmaison Oxford (https://www.malmaison.com/locations/oxford/) – 4* hotel, converted Victorian prison, boutique-style, central location
Vanbrugh House Hotel (http://www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk/) – 4* hotel, central location
The Bocardo Hotel (available to book via Booking.com) – 4* hotel, centrally located right next to the bus station, may be a bit noisy from the busy street
Other hotels *** or more
The Royal Oxford Hotel (http://www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk/ ) – popular, near railway station and busy road junction so request a quiet room, centrally located.
Bath Place Hotel (http://www.bathplace.co.uk/ ) – historic, quirky small hotel, centrally located. Ask for a quiet room (as it adjacent to the Turf Tavern).
Head of the River (http://www.headoftheriveroxford.co.uk/bedrooms ) - scenic riverside location in city centre, but a busy pub with rooms, so potentially more noisy.
Cotswold Lodge Hotel (http://www.cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk/ ) – Around 30 min walk or a short taxi journey from the venue, north of the city centre.
Oxford Spires Hotel (https://www.oxfordspireshotel.co.uk/partner/oxford-spires/ ) – Around 30 min walk or short taxi journey from the venue, south of the city centre.
The Galaxie Hotel (http://www.galaxie.co.uk/) Around 35 min walk from the venue, bed and breakfast, north of the city centre.
There are various places to change money inside Heathrow Airport, including Travelex branches in all the terminals. While it is commission free, the rate is generally better if you exchange money prior to travelling to the UK or once in Oxford instead of inside the airport. Alternatively, there are ATMs/cash points available in all terminals.
Please note that many merchants in the UK do not accept American Express.
Travel - For International Travellers
Travel between Heathrow & Gatwick airports and Oxford:
The easiest way to get to Oxford from Heathrow is by bus.
National express runs regular services from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Oxford. Tickets can be bought online or National express ticket office at the airports and Gloucester Green. More details can be found here: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx.
Oxford Bus Company also runs regular services from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Oxford called the Airlines. More details can be found here: https://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk.
Both services terminate at the Oxford Bus Station at Gloucester Green (see map attached). From Gloucester Green your accommodation is within easy walking distance or in the alternative there is a taxi stand on the other side of the bus depot. Tickets can be bought online or directly from the driver (in cash).
For both bus companies,
- From Heathrow the journey takes 90 mins and runs approximately every half hour during the day, less regularly at night.
- From Gatwick it takes about 2 to 2h30 and runs every hour during the day, less regularly at night.
Travel from London:
By train: First Great Western operates a frequent direct train service from London Paddington and London Marylebone to Oxford (approximately every 30 minutes). Express trains take approximately 1 hour. Tickets can be bought online or at the train station.
By bus: The Oxford Tube (http://www.oxfordtube.com/) and the Oxford Bus Company (http://x90.oxfordbus.co.uk/) run a 24 hour bus service between London and Oxford. Please visit their websites for timetables and a full list of where each bus stops. Tickets can be bought online or from the driver by cash.
Here are telephone numbers of Oxford-based taxi companies:
- Royal Cars: 01865 777333
- 001 Taxis: 01865 240000
- Radio Taxis Oxford: 01865 242424