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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (759 reviews)

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

£125
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 (482 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Edmund Hall, South Park, and University Church o …

£99
Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£95
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (241 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£125
The Oxford Townhouse
The Oxford Townhouse

88-90 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (33 reviews)

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

£110
The Osney Arms Guest House
The Osney Arms Guest House

45 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (172 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College. …

£81
The Ridings Guest House
The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (110 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. South Park and Covere …

£74
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XG

£57
All Seasons Guest House
All Seasons Guest House

63 Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7BP

3.0 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (66 reviews)

Located in Headington, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Exciting Game and within 3 mi (5 km) of South Park and …

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Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion
Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion

522 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8LG

4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this luxury vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Oxford and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Oxford …

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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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