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Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.2 out of 5 (559 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
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 20 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (337 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
George Street Hotel

George Street Hotel

15-19 George Street, Oxford
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 6 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 ...

£97

£97
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 20 hours ago
6 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (903 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 Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
4.1 out of 5 (1,081 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
The Fleece

The Fleece

11 CHURCH GREEN, Witney
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now

Situated in Witney, this inn is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from West Witney Sports and Social Club and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Witney Lakes Golf Course. Oxford Bus Museum ...

£54

£54
Jurys Inn Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford

Godstow Road, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 21 minutes ago
3 others viewing this property now
3.8 out of 5 (915 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
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
3.9 out of 5 (511 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 Virgin and Radcliffe Camera. Sheldonian ...

£112

£112
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 22 minutes ago
2 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 ...

£141

£141
The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle

18 Bridge Street, Abingdon
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
4.1 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in Abingdon, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath Golf Club and Milton Manor House are ...

£74

£74

Pocket Guide: Carfax Tower 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.