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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (684 reviews)

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

£130
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (231 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£122
Vanbrugh House Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (34 reviews)

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

£150
The Old Black Horse - Inn
The Old Black Horse - Inn

102 St.Clements Street, Oxford OX4 1AR

3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (174 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of St Hilda's College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and …

£115
YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College. …

£18
Lakeside Guest House
Lakeside Guest House

118 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (101 reviews)

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

£99
Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality
Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality

Church Way, Oxford OX4 4DZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (380 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 Christ …

£86
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XG

£57
Holiday Inn Oxford
Holiday Inn Oxford

Peartree Roundabout, Oxford OX2 8JD

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4.2 out of 5 (459 reviews)

Holiday Inn Oxford is just off the A34, 3 miles from the city center, and adjacent to the Park and Ride bus leading directl …

£89
Diana's Bed and Breakfast
Diana's Bed and Breakfast

2a Harefields, Oxford OX2 8NS

2.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (9 reviews)

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

£115
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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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