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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (759 reviews)

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

£125
The Head of the River
The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (147 reviews)

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

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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 (53 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Peter's College, Exeter College, and Covered Market …

£130
Lakeside Guest House
Lakeside Guest House

118 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (111 reviews)

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

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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 (189 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of South Park, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and Radcliffe …

£115
Peymans - The Duke's House
Peymans - The Duke's House

23 Wellington St, Oxford OX2 6BB

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Pitts …

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

Church Way, Oxford OX4 4DZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (427 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 …

£79
Lina Guest House
Lina Guest House

308 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7ED

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£80
Five Mile Oxford
Five Mile Oxford

528 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8EG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (94 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£75
The Talbot Oxford
The Talbot Oxford

Oxford Road, Witney OX29 4BT

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated in Eynsham, this inn is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Thames Path National Trail and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ashmolean Museu …

£50
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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre Bate Collection Hotels

Oxfordshire is a county unusually rich in history and cultural traditions, and there are many hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses to choose from when you come here for a visit of any duration. The landscape of rolling hills and winding river valleys makes it popular with outdoors enthusiasts, and culture vultures enjoy the treasures of cities like Oxford. The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in St. Aldates is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by visitors to the city.

The Bate Collection from Oxfordshire Hotels

The various collections that pack the museums of Oxford tend to be crammed in, stuffed to the ceiling and quite bewildering when you first encounter them. The Bate Collection is no exception, but there is order to the chaos and curators are on hand to guide you through the musical jungle. When you stroll along to St. Aldates from your Oxfordshire hotel or guesthouse you'll quickly get your bearings and be able to appreciate the incomparable Bate Collection in all its glory.

Oxfordshire Hotels for a Musical Cornucopia

The Bate Collection consists of over 2000 instruments, although only about 100 of them are on display at any one time, which is more than enough for most visitors. Weird experiments in instrument design down the centuries, and many downright weird creations that resemble organic monstrosities from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, add zest to a visit!

The Bate staff are extremely helpful and do their best to guide visitors through the maze and hopefully fully appreciate the wonderful collections. The audio guides are especially good at helping you understand what the pieces are supposed to sound like when professionally played, and interactive digital catalogues are also available.

Apart from being slightly off the beaten tourist map of Oxford, the Bate Collection has rather restricted opening times, and many residents of the city are unaware of its existence. When staying at a local Oxfordshire hotel such as the Ethos Hotel or Tower House you really should pay this excellent collection a visit to discover a world of interest in the evolution of musical instruments down the centuries.

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