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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (684 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this luxury hotel is steps from Oxford Playhouse and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and …

£130
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (231 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£122
The Head of the River
The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

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3.9 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Situated on a river, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. Covered Market and …

£100
Euro Bar and Hotel
Euro Bar and Hotel

48 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
1.9 out of 5 (48 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter …

£85
The Ridings Guest House
The Ridings Guest House

280 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (97 reviews)

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

£65
The Great Observatory Peymans
The Great Observatory Peymans

47 Observatory Street, Oxford OX2 6EP

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£200
Parklands
Parklands

100 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Anthony's College, Pitts Rivers Museum, and Oxford …

£109
The Westwood Hotel
The Westwood Hotel

Hinksey, Hill Top, Near Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5BG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Christ Church …

£145
Holiday Inn Oxford
Holiday Inn Oxford

Peartree Roundabout, Oxford OX2 8JD

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4.2 out of 5 (459 reviews)

Holiday Inn Oxford is just off the A34, 3 miles from the city center, and adjacent to the Park and Ride bus leading directl …

£99
Lane House B&B
Lane House B&B

Eynsham Road, Oxford OX2 9NL

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Said Business School, Ashmolean Museum, and Exeter College …

£92
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Pocket Guide: Oxford 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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