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Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1TZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (244 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and 1.3 mi …

£34
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (499 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 …

£106
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (477 reviews)

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

£149
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (841 reviews)

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

£63
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1,008 reviews)

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

£94
The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle

18 Bridge Street, Abingdon OX14 3HS

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Abingdon, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath …

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De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (308 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 …

£103
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (72 reviews)

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

£79
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (66 reviews)

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

£149
Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (348 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps from All Souls College, University Church of St Mar …

£200

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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