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Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

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4.2 out of 5 (433 reviews)

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

£139
Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

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3.7 out of 5 (775 reviews)

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

£60
Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Cotswold Lodge Hotel

66a Banbury Road, Oxford

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4.1 out of 5 (40 reviews)

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

£95
De Vere Oxford Thames
De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

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4.4 out of 5 (288 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 …

£114
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

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3.9 out of 5 (493 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Queen's College, University Church of St Mary the …

£135
Remont Oxford Hotel
Remont Oxford Hotel

367 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

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4 out of 5 (2 reviews)

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

£90
Oxford Spires Hotel
Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

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4 out of 5 (952 reviews)

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

£94
Old Bank Hotel
Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

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4.6 out of 5 (330 reviews)

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

£225
Old Parsonage Hotel
Old Parsonage Hotel

1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

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4.6 out of 5 (225 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Oxford and Pitts Rivers Museum. Oxford …

£209
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (827 reviews)

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

£143

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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