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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (803 reviews)

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

£152
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

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3.9 out of 5 (488 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Edmund Hall, University Church of St Mary the …

£115
Cherwell Guest House
Cherwell Guest House

137 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EJ

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3.2 out of 5 (113 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Greyfriars Oxford and South Park. University Church of St …

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YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

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3.8 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£34
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 …

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Lina Guest House
Lina Guest House

308 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7ED

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3.6 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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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 (283 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 …

£109
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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre 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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