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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

0.3 mi from Bridge of Sighs
5.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (874 reviews)

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

£146
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

0.3 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (70 reviews)

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

£163
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

0.4 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
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 …

£133
River Hotel

River Hotel

0.8 mi from Bridge of Sighs
2.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Said Business School and Oxford Castle Unlocked. …

£90
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

0.8 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (85 reviews)

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

£83
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

1 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,041 reviews)

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

£118
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

3.1 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (315 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 …

£83
The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle

6 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Abingdon, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath …

£83
Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

6.4 mi from Bridge of Sighs
3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (262 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) fro …

£40
Macdonald Bear Hotel

Macdonald Bear Hotel

7.8 mi from Bridge of Sighs
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (297 reviews)

Located in the heart of Woodstock, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxfordshire Museum and Blenheim Palace.

£67

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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