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Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

0.2 mi from Bate Collection
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     

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

    Malmaison Oxford£116

    Malmaison Oxford£116
    Jurys Inn Oxford

    Jurys Inn Oxford

    2.7 mi from Bate Collection
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

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

      Jurys Inn Oxford£50

      Jurys Inn Oxford£50
      Macdonald Randolph Hotel

      Macdonald Randolph Hotel

      0.5 mi from Bate Collection
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

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

        Macdonald Randolph Hotel£109

        Macdonald Randolph Hotel£109
        Vanbrugh House Hotel

        Vanbrugh House Hotel

        0.3 mi from Bate Collection
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

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

          Vanbrugh House Hotel£129

          Vanbrugh House Hotel£129
          De Vere Oxford Thames

          De Vere Oxford Thames

          2.4 mi from Bate Collection
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and Iffley Road Track. O2 Academy ...

            De Vere Oxford Thames£83

            De Vere Oxford Thames£83
            The Bocardo Hotel

            The Bocardo Hotel

            0.4 mi from Bate Collection
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Situated in Oxford, this hotel is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum.

              The Bocardo Hotel£92

              The Bocardo Hotel£92
              Old Bank Hotel

              Old Bank Hotel

              0.3 mi from Bate Collection
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                This family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps away from All Souls College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Radcliffe Camera. Sheldonian Theatre and ...

                Old Bank Hotel£163

                Old Bank Hotel£163
                Oxford Abingdon Hotel

                Oxford Abingdon Hotel

                5.6 mi from Bate Collection
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and within 9 miles (15 km) of Christ Church College and University ...

                  Oxford Abingdon Hotel£39

                  Oxford Abingdon Hotel£39
                  Cotswold Lodge Hotel

                  Cotswold Lodge Hotel

                  1.1 mi from Bate Collection
                    4.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     

                    Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford and Pitts Rivers Museum. Oxford University Museum of ...

                    Cotswold Lodge Hotel£88

                    Cotswold Lodge Hotel£88
                    Old Parsonage Hotel

                    Old Parsonage Hotel

                    0.8 mi from Bate Collection
                      4.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       

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

                      Old Parsonage Hotel£167

                      Old Parsonage Hotel£167

                      Pocket Guide: Bate Collection 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.