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Compare and choose from our collection of cheap hostels in Oxford. Options range from traditional Oxford hostels with dormitory rooms, to up-market hostels and guest houses, where you will have your own room, to university halls of residence, which are available in the holidays when the students have vacated their rooms.

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Oxford Visitor information

An Introduction to Oxford

Oxford is a beautiful yet vibrant city on the Thames. Its famous university has given the city much of its exceptional architecture and its rich cultural heritage: over 900 buildings are listed as having historic or architectural merit, all located within a square mile. Oxford has had a role in educating four British, and at least eight foreign kings, 47 Nobel prize-winners, three Fields medallists, 25 British Prime Ministers, 28 foreign presidents and prime ministers, seven saints, 86 archbishops, 18 cardinals, and one pope. 

Things to do in Oxford

Oxford is home to many museums including, the Ashmolean Museum which is a world renowned museum of art and archaeology, The Pitt Rivers Museum containing Archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world, the museum of Oxford, the Museum of the History of Science - an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History which houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. The university is also home to he oldest botanic garden in Britain.

Getting to Oxford

By Air

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operates a direct frequent service twenty-four hours a day and are over an hour by car.

By Rail

A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

By Coach and Bus

Frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London. The Oxford Espress service includes Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon. National Coaches arrive at Gloucester Green Coach Station in the city centre. The main bus operator in the city is the Oxford Bus company.

By Car

The best way to travel by car from the south is to use the M40, from the north the M40 us also used and the A34. Oxford is over an hour from London.

History of Oxford

Oxford was founded in the 9th century when Alfred the Great created a network of fortified towns called burghs across his kingdom.

In the 1140's there was civil war in England between Stephen and Matilda. In 1142 Matilda was at Oxford castle but her rival's troops burned the town and besieged the castle.
The university at Oxford was founded in 1167. In Medieval Oxford there was much tension between townspeople and students. Some of the students fled to Cambridge but in 1214 they were invited back.

In 1642 came civil war between king and parliament. Opinion among the townspeople was probably divided but in 1642 a royalist army occupied Oxford. For the rest of the war the king made Oxford his headquarters. Oxford eventually surrendered to a parliamentary army. Although there was a fire in 1644 Oxford was not seriously damaged by the civil war. In 1651 the first coffee house in England opened in Oxford. Coffee was a new drink at that time but it soon became popular.

Reviews For Oxford

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Based On 39358 Reviews

Absolutely excellent. Loved it. Amazing environment. Basic furnishings as one might expect, but very clean and comfortable. Bathroom and shower next door (both clean....prefer ensuite but really that was the only downside). Very helpful staff, and excellent breakfast in the great hall. Will definitely come again.

(Review Of Magdalen College, Oxford)

The room was very hot so I was very grateful for the fan. A very convenient location for the city centre and near local restaurants. I will use the accommodation again in the future.

(Review Of Tamesis Guest House (St Edmund Hall), Oxford)

I thought the room was absolutely lovely and in a lovely building. I was just a bit worried when my door started making beeping noises, but I rang the porters and they quickly sorted it out.

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

The only slight issue is that cleaners in the building opposite my room make a lot noise at about 5.00am when it sounds like they take rubbish out of a building and drag a trolley along the lane way. Also, easier to manage shampoo/conditioner would be good - but these are minor suggestions; I had a lovely stay, and thank you.

(Review Of Somerville College, Oxford)

It was difficult to book rooms for differing lengths of time in one booking. It would have been nice to have breakfast until 10am. 9am is rather too early.

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

I really enjoyed my stay at Keble - great for total immersion in the Oxford experience! Room had everything I needed and was clean and comfortable. Absolutely beautiful setting and loved the amazing 'Hogwarts' style dining hall we ate breakfast in. Great value and highly recommended.

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

Helpful and approachable staff in the Porter's Lodge upon arrival and a map given for directions around the College itself. Thank you to the staff in the Hall for breakfast, accommodating and great service. A lovely place to stay with stunning scenery; thank you!

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

My sister and I enjoyed our stay at Keble College, Staff was helpful and informative. Perfect place to stay in Oxford, close to all sites. The highlight was breakfast every morning in the Great Hall. Highly recommend the facilities. Internet could be better but still good to have it available.

(Review Of Keble College, Oxford)

Queen's College was a very enjoyable experience, being centrally located. All staff I encountered from the Porter's Lodge to service staff were very polite and helpful - a credit to the college. The total experience was very enjoyable and one I should be delighted to repeat.

(Review Of The Queen's College, Oxford)
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