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Relaxinnz George Hotel
Relaxinnz George Hotel

High Street, Wallingford OX10 7HH

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3.8 out of 5 (125 reviews)

Situated in Wallingford, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Dorchester Abbey and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from St. Helen's Church. Thame …

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Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

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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. …

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Abbey Guest House
Abbey Guest House

136 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2AG

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Abingdon, this eco-friendly guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Abbey. …

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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 …

£205
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
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd
Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Rd

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XG

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Browns
Browns

281 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 4AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Situated in Oxford, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Greyfriars Oxford, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, an …

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Victoria Oxford
Victoria Oxford

180 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4RA

2.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (99 reviews)

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

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Pocket Guide: Wallingford 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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