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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Christ Church Colleg …

£95
Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

£59
Oxford Spires Hotel
Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£104
De Vere Oxford Thames
De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sandford-on-Thames, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and 3 mi (4.8 km) from South Park. Oxfor …

£105
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0

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

£134
Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£95
Ethos Hotel
Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£100
Ramada Oxford
Ramada Oxford

Welcome Break Service Area, Oxford OX33 ILJ

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Wheatley, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Waterstock Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sheldonian Theatre an …

£45
Old Bank Hotel
Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps from All Souls College, University Church of St Mar …

£169
The Oxford Belfry - QHotels
The Oxford Belfry - QHotels

Milton Common, Thame OX9 2JW

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Milton Common, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Waterstock Golf Club and 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from Headington …

£102
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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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