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Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
3.8 out of 5 (321 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath Golf ...

£21

£21
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 10 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.2 out of 5 (570 reviews)

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

£124

£124
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
4.1 out of 5 (1,091 reviews)

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

£62

£62
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
4.4 out of 5 (343 reviews)

Located in Sandford-on-Thames, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and O2 Academy. St Hilda's ...

£83

£83
George Street Hotel

George Street Hotel

15-19 George Street, Oxford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 days ago
4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within 5 ...

£82

£82
Sleep Inn Oxford

Sleep Inn Oxford

6 GLOUCESTER STREET, Oxford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 11 hours ago
1.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this inn is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within 10 ...

£104

£104
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 10 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
3.8 out of 5 (929 reviews)

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

£55

£55
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 18 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (912 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within ...

£116

£116
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (84 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Exeter College and Covered Market. Ashmolean Museum and Sheldonian ...

£124

£124
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
3.9 out of 5 (514 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Queen's College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Radcliffe Camera. Sheldonian ...

£85

£85

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.