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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (809 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and …

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Old Parsonage Hotel
Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (218 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martyrs' Memorial and Pitts Rivers Museum. Oxford …

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Victoria House Hotel
Victoria House Hotel

29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY

2.5 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered …

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Cherwell Guest House
Cherwell Guest House

137 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (113 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Greyfriars Oxford and South Park. University Church of St …

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Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (127 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered …

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Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality
Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality

Church Way, Oxford OX4 4DZ

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4.1 out of 5 (440 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this romantic hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and within 3 mi (5 km) of South Park …

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Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XG

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Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion
Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion

Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8LG

4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this luxury vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Oxford and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Oxford …

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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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4.2 out of 5 (406 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Christ Church Colleg …

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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre Balliol College Hotels

Oxfordshire is one of England's most attractive counties. Situated in the southeast of the country, it is a varied landscape of green fields and snaking rivers, and its proximity to London has always made it a popular holiday destination. Oxford itself is packed with attractions, not least of which are its ancient colleges, and Balliol is one of the most fascinating of these.

Balliol Women's Rights from Oxfordshire Hotels

Balliol College has the distinction of being one of the first major colleges in the United Kingdom to create opportunities for female students in the academic sphere. In a male-dominated society, women were allowed to come to Balliol and attend classes, the only stipulation being that 'some elder person' came along with them! At the time this was a pretty revolutionary step and helped pave the way for the later general emancipation of women.

Oxfordshire Hotels for Balliol History

Balliol College derives its name from a supporter of Henry III during the Baron's War of the 13th Century. The Bishop of Durham helped John Balliol establish a house for impoverished students in Oxford in 1260, and when he died nine years later his widow established the house as a college named after him. Balliol College started out with just 16 students registered there, each provided with eight pence per week allowance, and for several centuries it remained a small college. It does have several claims to fame during the medieval period, however, such as John Wycliffe the great church reformer being its Master in 1360.

When the English Civil War came along, Balliol College saw reduced enrolment and slid into debt, eventually lending all its valuable silver plate collection to the king in a bid for royal favour, although the loan was never repaid. Its fortunes only turned when property it owned in Northumberland was discovered to be sitting on a rich coal seam just in time for the Industrial Revolution.

When you visit Balliol College from your Oxfordshire hotel, such as the splendid Victoria House Hotel or Malmaison Oxford, be aware that you'll have to pay a small admission charge inside the main gate.

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