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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
per night
The Tower House
The Tower House

15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this inn is steps from Trinity College, Exeter College, and Covered Market. Sheldonian Theatre …

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The Head of the River
The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£95
per night
Vanbrugh House Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Peter's College, Exeter College, and Covered Market …

£140
per night
YHA Oxford - Hostel
YHA Oxford - Hostel

2a Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0AB

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£35
per night
The Osney Arms Guest House
The Osney Arms Guest House

45 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BP

3.0 out of 5.0

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

£81
per night
Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment
Peymans - The Great Observatory Serviced Apartment

47 Observatory Street, Oxford OX2 6EP

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Oxford City Centre, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of St. Anne's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and …

£108
per night
Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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Cotswold House - Guest house
Cotswold House - Guest house

363 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PL

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford University …

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Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion
Peymans - The Luxurious Mansion

522 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8LG

4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oxford, this luxury vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kellogg College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

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Pocket Guide: Oxford City Centre Christ Church Meadows Hotels

In the very heart of the ancient city of Oxford lies the rare open space of Christ Church Meadow, open to the general public as well as students throughout the year. In a city that's jam-packed with historic buildings, museums, galleries and old colleges it's a relief to simply take a stroll in this delightful space between sightseeing and shopping expeditions. From an Oxford hotel such as Old Bank Hotel or The Tower House, or indeed from any B&B or guesthouse in this part of Oxfordshire, Christ Church Meadow is clearly signposted and easily accessed.

Christ Church Meadow for a Stroll from Oxfordshire Hotels

Christ Church Meadow experiences seasonal flooding and has a diverse and ever-changing wildlife population, so it's a slightly more dynamic location than you might suppose. It has been around for a long time, used by the city's Royalists as a defence against their Parliamentarian besiegers, but these days English Longhorn cows are more likely to be encountered than Cromwell's Roundheads. In 1784 the first English aeronaut, James Saddler, took off from here in his hot air balloon and landed six miles distant, and in fact Christ Church Meadow has for centuries been used for sport, recreation and entertainment of one kind or another.

Oxfordshire Hotels for Outdoor Fun in Christ Church Meadow

The Rivers Thames and Cherwell enclose Christ Church Meadow, with the Cherwell hosting the annual intercollegiate regatta, also known as the Summer VIIIs. This famous competition was started in 1815 and lasts for four days.

Many outdoor performances are held throughout the year on Christ Church Meadow, which you can visit from your Oxfordshire hotel. Perhaps the most famous was the 1968 Son et Lumiere, a celebration of the history of Christ Church which included appearances and readings by the likes of Jan Morris, W.H. Auden and the irrepressible John Gielgud.

Broad Walk is the name given to the area between the college's Meadow Gate and the river. Installed by the Bishop of Oxford in the 17th Century, it was threatened more recently by a proposed new bypass, but luckily these philistine plans came to nothing!

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