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Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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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 …

£116
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (848 reviews)

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

£115
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

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3.8 out of 5 (823 reviews)

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

£90
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

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4 out of 5 (985 reviews)

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

£102
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

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4 out of 5 (61 reviews)

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

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De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

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4.4 out of 5 (300 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 …

£115
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

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3.9 out of 5 (498 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 …

£104
Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1TZ

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3.8 out of 5 (216 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 …

£39
Ethos Hotel

Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

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4.1 out of 5 (213 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. …

£89
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

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4.6 out of 5 (63 reviews)

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

£124

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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