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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (688 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this luxury hotel is steps from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and …

£167
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (231 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

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Victoria House Hotel
Victoria House Hotel

29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY

2.5 out of 5.0
2.8 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is steps from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are …

£129
Ethos Hotel
Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (149 reviews)

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

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YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College. …

£18
Cherwell Guest House
Cherwell Guest House

137 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greyfriars Oxford, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, an …

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Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (68 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

£119
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XG

£57
Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel
Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (247 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxfor …

£114
The Westwood Hotel
The Westwood Hotel

Hinksey, Hill Top, Near Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5BG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Christ Church …

£145
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Pocket Guide: Oxford 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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