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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0
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 …

£169
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (232 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£132
The Buttery
The Buttery

11-12 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AP

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (419 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this guesthouse is steps from Balliol College, Exeter College, and Sheldonian Theatre. …

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Euro Bar and Hotel
Euro Bar and Hotel

48 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
1.9 out of 5 (50 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£85
Victoria Oxford
Victoria Oxford

180 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4RA

2.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (99 reviews)

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

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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 (387 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
Browns
Browns

281 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 4AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Greyfriars Oxford, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, an …

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Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel
Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (250 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxfor …

£124
Cotswold House - Guest house
Cotswold House - Guest house

363 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

4.0 out of 5.0
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 …

£118
Five Mile Oxford
Five Mile Oxford

528 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8EG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (82 reviews)

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

£95
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Pocket Guide: Oxford 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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