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Ethos Hotel

Ethos Hotel

0.3 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (208 reviews)

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

£125
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

0.4 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (440 reviews)

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

£159
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

0.5 mi from Bate Collection
5.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (838 reviews)

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

£156
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

0.6 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (965 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. …

£113
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

1.2 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (45 reviews)

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

£140
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

1.2 mi from Bate Collection

£57
The Tree Hotel at Iffley

The Tree Hotel at Iffley

1.5 mi from Bate Collection
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Iffley, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and within 3 mi (5 km) of South Park and Christ Churc …

£81
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

2.7 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (294 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 Greyfriars …

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Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

2.9 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (800 reviews)

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

£72
Macdonald Bear Hotel

Macdonald Bear Hotel

8.1 mi from Bate Collection
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (280 reviews)

Located in the heart of Woodstock, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxfordshire Museum and Blenheim Palace.

£80

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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