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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (684 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this luxury hotel is steps from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and …

£167
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (231 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£122
The Buttery
The Buttery

11-12 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AP

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4 out of 5 (405 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this guesthouse is steps from Balliol College, Exeter College, and Sheldonian Theatre. …

£109
Euro Bar and Hotel
Euro Bar and Hotel

48 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
1.9 out of 5 (48 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£85
Victoria Oxford
Victoria Oxford

180 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4RA

2.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (99 reviews)

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

£91
YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College. …

£18
The Great Observatory Peymans
The Great Observatory Peymans

47 Observatory Street, Oxford OX2 6EP

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£200
Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

£119
The Westwood Hotel
The Westwood Hotel

Hinksey, Hill Top, Near Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5BG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Christ Church …

£145
Lane House B&B
Lane House B&B

Eynsham Road, Oxford OX2 9NL

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College …

£92
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Pocket Guide: Oxford 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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