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Relaxinnz George Hotel
Relaxinnz George Hotel

High Street, Wallingford OX10 7HH

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3.8 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Located in Dorchester-on-Thames, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Dorchester Abbey and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from St. Helen's Church. …

£73
The Partridge Inn Wine bar & Restaurant
The Partridge Inn Wine bar & Restaurant

32 St Mary's Street, Wallingford OX10 0ET

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

Situated in Wallingford, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Wallingford Museum and Thames Path. St. Helen's Church and …

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De Vere Oxford Thames
De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (285 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 …

£90
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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4 out of 5 (819 reviews)

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

£143
Ramada Oxford
Ramada Oxford

Welcome Break Service Area, Oxford OX33 ILJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (523 reviews)

Located in Wheatley, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Waterstock Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Iffley Village and …

£45
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 (89 reviews)

Located in the heart of Oxford, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Greyfriars Oxford and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Christ Church …

£90
Gidleigh House B&B
Gidleigh House B&B

27 Old London Road, Oxford OX33 1YW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Located in Wheatley, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waterstock Golf Club, Iffley Village, and Shotover Country …

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Ethos Hotel
Ethos Hotel

59 Western Road, Oxford OX1 4LF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (193 reviews)

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

£98
Newton House
Newton House

82-84 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (130 reviews)

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

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Shillingford Bridge Hotel
Shillingford Bridge Hotel

Shillingford Hill, Wallingford OX10 8LZ

3.5 out of 5.0
2.4 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Located in Shillingford, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Helen's Church, Thames Path, and Dorchester Abbey. Abingdo …

£79
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Pocket Guide: Dorchester-on-Thames Dorchester Abbey Hotels

Oxfordshire is a county that teems with fabulous historic remains and hidden gems in cities such as Oxford and in the towns and villages across the magnificent countryside. When you stay at a hotel such as Malmaison Oxford or The Tower House, both in Oxford, or indeed at one of the many local B&Bs or guesthouses, you'll be well placed to visit the remains of Dorchester Abbey. It's one of Britain's earliest Christian sites and makes a great destination for a fun day out with the family.

Dorchester Abbey from Oxfordshire Hotels

A great Augustinian Abbey was founded on this site in 1140, on top of the remains of a Saxon cathedral of the 7th Century, but all that remains now is this rather large and impressive church. Dorchester Abbey's official name is the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, and it is the biggest public building in this part of Oxfordshire. When you come to Dorchester on Thames from your Oxfordshire hotel base nearby you'll find it a tranquil spot and ideal for a day's outing.

Saxons and Normans at Dorchester Abbey

The local diocese was hugely important under the Saxon Bishop Wulfwig in the 9th century, but it wasn't until the Normans arrived with their flair for building churches that the site really took off. Remigus was the first Norman bishop here and he rebuilt the abbey comprehensively. You can still see some of his work to this day, but unfortunately after this good start the village became a backwater because the bishopric moved to Lincoln in 1086. The church became an Augustinian monastery in 1140.

From that point on Dorchester became increasingly important as a place of pilgrimage as it housed the remains of St Birinius, an early bishop. The People's Chapel and Jesse Window can still be seen, and an effigy of a knight in full armour, but the saint's remains were scattered during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. Take time out from your Oxfordshire B&B, hotel or guesthouse to visit Dorchester Abbey if you can, and you'll be well rewarded.

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