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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (800 reviews)

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

£152
Oxford Spires Hotel
Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

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4 out of 5 (928 reviews)

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

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Victoria House Hotel
Victoria House Hotel

29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY

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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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Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (242 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£99
Peymans - The Duke's House
Peymans - The Duke's House

23 Wellington St, Oxford OX2 6BB

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4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Pitts …

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White House View Guest House
White House View Guest House

9 White House Road, Oxford OX1 4PA

3.0 out of 5.0

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

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banbury place
banbury place

94a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JT

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

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Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality
Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality

Church Way, Oxford OX4 4DZ

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4.1 out of 5 (440 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this romantic hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and within 3 mi (5 km) of South Park …

£86
Gables Guest House
Gables Guest House

6 Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9HA

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4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College. …

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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 (282 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 Oxford …

£100
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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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