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Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1TZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (276 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abingdon County Hall Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) fro …

£30
The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle

18 Bridge Street, Abingdon OX14 3HS

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

Situated in Abingdon, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Abbey. Frilford Heath …

£74
De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (327 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 …

£99
Steventon House Hotel

Steventon House Hotel

Milton Hill, Abingdon OX13 6AB

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Steventon, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Milton Manor House and within 9 mi (15 km) of Abingdon County Hall …

£92
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Church Road, Oxford OX44 7PD

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

Located in Great Milton, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Waterstock Golf Club, South Park, and Headington Shark. Kassa …

£499
Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford OX14PS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,041 reviews)

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

£102
Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (477 reviews)

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

£124
The Oxford Belfry

The Oxford Belfry

Milton Common, Thame OX9 2JW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (572 reviews)

Located in Milton Common, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Waterstock Golf Club and 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from Headington …

£97
Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Theatre Oxford, Exeter College, and Covered Market …

£133
Milton Hill

Milton Hill

Milton Hill House, Abingdon OX13 6AF

2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (343 reviews)

Located in Steventon, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Milton Manor House and within 6 mi (10 km) of Abingdon County Hall …

£44

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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