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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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4.2 out of 5 (387 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Christ Church Colleg …

£140
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

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3.9 out of 5 (484 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Edmund Hall, University Church of St Mary the …

£105
The Tower House
The Tower House

15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA

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3.9 out of 5 (259 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this inn is steps from Trinity College, Exeter College, and Covered Market. Sheldonian Theatre …

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YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

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3.8 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£32
Sportsview Guest House
Sportsview Guest House

106-110 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PX

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3.5 out of 5 (21 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 Ridings Guest House
The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

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3.2 out of 5 (113 reviews)

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

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The Terrace
The Terrace

59 Howard St, Oxford OX4 3AY

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and South Park. University Church of St …

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De Vere Oxford Thames
De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

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4.4 out of 5 (281 reviews)

Located in Sandford-on-Thames, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oxford …

£100
Cotswold House - Guest house
Cotswold House - Guest house

363 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

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3.8 out of 5 (96 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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Holiday Inn Oxford
Holiday Inn Oxford

Peartree Roundabout, Oxford OX2 8JD

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4.2 out of 5 (490 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 …

£75
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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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