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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 (696 reviews)

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

£164
The Tower House
The Tower House

15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA

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

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is steps from Trinity College, Exeter College, and Covered Market. Sheldonian Theatr …

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Euro Bar and Hotel
Euro Bar and Hotel

48 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
1.9 out of 5 (50 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£85
Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (114 reviews)

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

£50
The Oxford Osney Arms
The Oxford Osney Arms

45 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (163 reviews)

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

£77
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 …

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Red Mullions Guest House
Red Mullions Guest House

23 London Road, Oxford OX3 7RE

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Headington Shark, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and …

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Hill Farm
Hill Farm

Mill Lane, Oxford OX3 0QF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Oxford Brookes University, University Church of St Mary th …

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Diana's Bed and Breakfast
Diana's Bed and Breakfast

2a Harefields, Oxford OX2 8NS

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and …

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The Chequers Inn
The Chequers Inn

6 The Green, Witney OX29 4DG

3.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Witney, this inn is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Oxford Bus Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blenheim Palace and Ashmolean …

£85
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Pocket Guide: Oxford Bridge of Sighs Hotels

There are a great many attractions in Oxfordshire, and no shortage of things to do in its richly varied landscape of hills, green fields and meandering river valleys. Some of Oxfordshire's greatest cultural treasures are of course located in Oxford itself, a city steeped in history and tradition. When you stay in Oxford for any length of time, at a guesthouse or B&B, or in a hotel such as Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel or Victoria House Hotel, be sure to pay the famous Bridge of Sighs a visit.

The Bridge of Sighs from Oxfordshire Hotels

The Bridge of Sighs is actually known as the far more prosaic Hertford Bridge. It is actually a skyway over New College Lane which joins the two sections of Hertford College. The bridge is a city landmark because of its very distinctive design, reminiscent of its more famous namesake in Venice. Based in a hotel, guesthouse or family-run B&B nearby, you can easily walk along to Hertford College and see it and many other local attractions for yourself during a stroll around the great city.

Oxfordshire Hotels for Seeing the Bridge of Sighs

The odd thing about Oxford's Bridge of Sighs is that it was never intended to resemble the famous bridge in Venice, but the architect was surely at least subconsciously influenced by the Rialto Bridge in that same Italian city! A local Oxford legend has it that during a survey of students' health decades ago the bridge was closed off because it was decided that they were getting too heavy and needed more exercise. The lie is given to this urban myth by the fact that using the bridge involves actually climbing more stairs. QED, as they say in the Oxford colleges!

Sir Thomas Jackson was responsible for most of the bridge's ebullient architecture. He completed its construction in 1914, in the face of opposition from the masters of New College. Linking Hertford College's Old and New Quadrangles, it is open to college members at all times. The bridge provides an attractive photo opportunity if you're staying at a nearby Oxfordshire hotel.

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