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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (771 reviews)

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

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Old Parsonage Hotel
Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

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4.6 out of 5 (206 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martyrs' Memorial and Pitts Rivers Museum. Oxford …

£179
Victoria House Hotel
Victoria House Hotel

29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY

2.5 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered …

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Cherwell Guest House
Cherwell Guest House

137 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EJ

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3.2 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Magdalen Bridge and University Botanic Gardens. Covered …

£60
Lakeside Guest House
Lakeside Guest House

118 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PZ

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4.4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market …

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Sportsview Guest House
Sportsview Guest House

106-110 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PX

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3.5 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market …

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The Balkan Lodge Hotel
The Balkan Lodge Hotel

315 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 4AG

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3.8 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and South Park. University Church of St Mary the …

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Cotswold House - Guest house
Cotswold House - Guest house

363 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

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3.8 out of 5 (95 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£113
Diana's Bed and Breakfast
Diana's Bed and Breakfast

2a Harefields, Oxford OX2 8NS

2.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

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Holiday Inn Oxford
Holiday Inn Oxford

Peartree Roundabout, Oxford OX2 8JD

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4.2 out of 5 (486 reviews)

Holiday Inn Oxford is just off the A34, 3 miles from the city center, and adjacent to the Park and Ride bus leading directl …

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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre Bodleian Library Hotels

Oxfordshire is a county full of hidden cultural gems, most of them sequestered away in cities like Oxford. The rolling landscapes too are popular with enthusiasts of the great outdoors, and whatever your predilections you're sure to find somewhere suitable to stay during a short or long break in this fascinating county. From guesthouses to B&Bs and plush hotels, Oxfordshire has all sorts of accommodation options, and if you're staying near Oxford itself one of the top attractions must surely be the magnificent Bodleian Library

Oxfordshire Hotels for the Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library was, like so many learned institutions in this great university city, founded many centuries ago, in this case back in 1320. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and brother to Henry VI, extended the library in 1426 when he found that he no longer had room in the original building for his collection of manuscripts. Later, in 1602 a wealthy scholar called Thomas Bodley, re-founded the library and introduced a few strict rules, which included the keeper being forbidden to marry. There are only six copyright deposit libraries in the country and the Bodleian Library is one of them: it receives a copy of every single book published in Britain.

Bodleian Library Treasures from Oxfordshire Hotels

The complex that makes up the Bodleian Library includes some interesting buildings. The Radcliffe Camera was built in 1748, for instance, and has a domed rotunda in the baroque style designed by James Gibbs, as a memorial to John Radcliffe. One of the extensions to the library was built in 1638 and used for university exams until 1880. The adjoining Divinity School was constructed in 1488 and has a unique vaulted ceiling featuring 455 carved bosses. These all represent scenes from the Bible, along with real and mythical beasts, and the interior Gothic space is one of the finest in the country.

From local guesthouses, B&Bs or smart hotels such as The Tower House on the High Street or the Macdonald Randolph Hotel on Beaumont Street visitors can easily get along to the Bodleian Library and see its unique historic treasures for themselves.

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