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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (696 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this luxury hotel is steps from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and …

£164
Old Bank Hotel
Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (271 reviews)

This family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps from All Souls College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and Radcliffe …

£205
Vanbrugh House Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (39 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Exeter College, and Covered Market. Ashmolean …

£145
Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (114 reviews)

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

£50
Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment
Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment

47 Observatory Street, Oxford OX2 6EP

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of St. Anne's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

£250
Lakeside Guest House
Lakeside Guest House

118 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (103 reviews)

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

£89
The Ridings Guest House
The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market and …

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Cotswold House - Guest house
Cotswold House - Guest house

363 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

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3.7 out of 5 (86 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

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Hill Farm
Hill Farm

Mill Lane, Oxford OX3 0QF

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4.6 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Oxford Brookes University, University Church of St Mary th …

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Diana's Bed and Breakfast
Diana's Bed and Breakfast

2a Harefields, Oxford OX2 8NS

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and …

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Pocket Guide: Oxford 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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