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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 25 minutes ago
30 others viewing this property now

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within ...

£93

£93
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford
Last booking: 9 hours ago
11 others viewing this property now

Situated in Oxford, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. ...

£55

£55
Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 8 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath Golf ...

£30

£30
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 hours ago
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Located in the heart of Oxford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market and Exeter College are ...

£78

£78
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 hours ago
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Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Exeter College and Covered Market. Ashmolean Museum and Sheldonian ...

£132

£132
The Oxford House

The Oxford House

128 OXFORD ROAD COWLEY, Oxford
3.5 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now

Located in the heart of Oxford, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from O2 Academy and within 3 miles (5 km) of South Park and University Church of St Mary the ...

£50

£50
Museum Hotel Oxford

Museum Hotel Oxford

107a St. Aldates, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
3 others viewing this property now

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Museum of Oxford and Christ Church College. Covered Market and Exeter College are also within 5 ...

£125

£125
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Queen's College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Radcliffe Camera. Sheldonian ...

£87

£87
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
6 others viewing this property now

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Christ Church College, and Covered Market. Ashmolean ...

£99

£99
Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
3 others viewing this property now

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Oxford and Pitts Rivers Museum. Oxford University Museum of Natural History ...

£142

£142

Pocket Guide: Balliol College 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.