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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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4.2 out of 5 (406 reviews)

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

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Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

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4.1 out of 5 (28 reviews)

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

£86
Victoria House Hotel
Victoria House Hotel

29 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AY

2.5 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps from New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Covered …

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Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

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3.9 out of 5 (242 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£99
Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

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3.7 out of 5 (130 reviews)

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

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The Osney Arms Guest House
The Osney Arms Guest House

45 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BP

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4.1 out of 5 (180 reviews)

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

£86
The Ridings Guest House
The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

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3.2 out of 5 (119 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market and …

£76
The Terrace
The Terrace

59 Howard St, Oxford OX4 3AY

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greyfriars Oxford and South Park. University Church of St Mary …

£80
All Seasons Guest House
All Seasons Guest House

63 Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7BP

3.0 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (66 reviews)

Located in Headington, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Headington Shark and within 3 mi (5 km) of South Park and …

£80
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (819 reviews)

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

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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre Carfax Tower Hotels

The rolling hills and winding river valleys of Oxfordshire make up some of the most attractive countryside in England. This verdant landscape is sprinkled with traditional, picture-perfect villages that date from Norman times and beyond, and cities such as Oxford are hotbeds of history and culture. As well as the great variety of outdoor activities on offer here, guests of Oxfordshire hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses can explore the riches of the Oxford colleges and many other national treasures, including Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford.

Carfax Tower from Oxfordshire Hotels

At the junction of the High Street, Queen, Cornmarket and St. Aldgate's you'll find this magnificent old tower, a real piece of living history that dates back to the 13th century. The name, like so many other place names in the south of England, comes from the French, in this case for 'crossroads' (carrefour). For visitors making a tour of the older parts of Oxford the tower provides them with an easily recognisable and visible reference point as they negotiate the narrow, winding alleyways.

Oxfordshire Hotels and Carfax Tower

The tower was not actually built as a standalone structure but is all that is left of a church which once stood on the same spot, the Church of St Martin's, erected in the 13th century. If you want a really brilliant panoramic view across Oxford and beyond to the surrounding countryside, climb Carfax Tower's inner staircase to the battlements 74 feet above you, if you have the stamina!

It's easy to identify directions and get your bearings from the clock on the tower, as it occupies the east face. It's not the original clock from the church but a replica, and every quarter hour mechanical figures (quarterboys) bang out the time. It's easy to find Carfax Tower as it's in the middle of the city and conveniently reached from local Oxfordshire hotels such as The Tower House on Shop Street or The Buttery on Broad Street. The tower is open throughout the year and there is a small charge to get in. The opening hours are shorter during winter.

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