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Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
11 others viewing this property now

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 ...

£116

£116
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 hours ago
5 others viewing this property now

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. ...

£58

£58
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 47 minutes ago
6 others viewing this property now

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 ...

£123

£123
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now

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

£141

£141
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 34 minutes ago
7 others viewing this property now

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 ...

£103

£103
The Bocardo Hotel

The Bocardo Hotel

24-26 George Street, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum.

£75

£75
Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
10 others viewing this property now

Located in Oxford City Centre, this family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps away from All Souls College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Radcliffe ...

£158

£158
Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
1 others viewing this property now

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 ...

£38

£38
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
4 others viewing this property now

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

£112

£112
Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 15 hours ago
9 others viewing this property now

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

£149

£149

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.