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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0

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

£134
avg/night
The Tower House
The Tower House

15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA

3.0 out of 5.0

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

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The Head of the River
The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£95
avg/night
Sportsview Guest House
Sportsview Guest House

106-110 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PX

3.0 out of 5.0

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

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YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£35
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Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment
Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment

47 Observatory Street, Oxford OX2 6EP

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of St. Anne's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and …

£108
avg/night
Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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Gables Guest House
Gables Guest House

6 Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9HA

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Said Business School, South Park, and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter …

£80
avg/night
Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion
Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion

522 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8LG

4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this luxury vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

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The Talbot Oxford
The Talbot Oxford

Oxford Road, Witney OX29 4BT

3.0 out of 5.0

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 …

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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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