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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

5.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (696 reviews)

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

£164
Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (836 reviews)

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

£113
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

73 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BE

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (465 reviews)

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

£139
Old Bank Hotel
Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (271 reviews)

This family-friendly Oxford hotel is steps from All Souls College, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and Radcliffe …

£204
Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (335 reviews)

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

£169
The Tower House
The Tower House

15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (242 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this inn is steps from Trinity College, Exeter College, and Covered Market. Sheldonian Theatr …

£115
Royal Oxford Hotel
Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (232 reviews)

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Oxford.

£132
The Buttery
The Buttery

11-12 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AP

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (419 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this guesthouse is steps from Balliol College, Exeter College, and Sheldonian Theatre. …

£109
Ethos Hotel
Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (154 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bate Collection and Christ Church College. …

£89
Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (114 reviews)

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

£99
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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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