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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£95
per night
Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£56
per night
Oxford Spires Hotel
Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Oxford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. …

£94
per night
De Vere Oxford Thames
De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sandford-on-Thames, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and 3 mi (4.8 km) from South Park. Oxfor …

£114
per night
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0

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

£132
per night
Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£95
per night
Ethos Hotel
Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. …

£94
per night
Ramada Oxford
Ramada Oxford

Welcome Break Service Area, Oxford OX33 ILJ

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Wheatley, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Waterstock Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Iffley Village and …

£49
per night
Old Parsonage Hotel
Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£155
per night
The Head of the River
The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered …

£86
per night
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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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