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Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.2 out of 5 (561 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Christ Church College, and Covered Market. Ashmolean ...

£141

£141
George Street Hotel

George Street Hotel

15-19 George Street, Oxford
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 hours ago
4.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within 5 ...

£82

£82
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 16 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
3.8 out of 5 (916 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. ...

£58

£58
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 8 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (904 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within ...

£131

£131
Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 11 hours ago
3.8 out of 5 (302 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) from Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath Golf ...

£36

£36
Sleep Inn Oxford

Sleep Inn Oxford

6 GLOUCESTER STREET, Oxford
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

Located in Oxford City Centre, this inn is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered Market are also within 10 ...

£112

£112
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 18 hours ago
4.4 out of 5 (339 reviews)

Located in Sandford-on-Thames, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kassam Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and O2 Academy. St Hilda's ...

£91

£91
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
4.1 out of 5 (1,082 reviews)

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

£94

£94
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 6 hours ago
4 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (81 reviews)

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

£149

£149
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
4.1 out of 5 (116 reviews)

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

£79

£79

Pocket Guide: Bridge of Sighs 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.