Discover our romantic Oxford hotels in the beating heart of this historic city.
To truly appreciate poet Matthew Arnold’s ‘city of dreaming spires’ you should start your Oxford adventure with a walking tour through the heart of this splendid city. The Official University and City tour runs daily from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre and lasts two hours. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the fascinating history, architecture and traditions of Oxford, with its magnificent University buildings and institutions. Make sure you visit the Bodelian Library, which features ‘Europe’s most beautiful room,’ the Divinity School, and discover Oxford’s 38 colleges and museums, including the UK’s oldest museum, the Ashmolean.
World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace, fondly known as Britain’s greatest palace, is a must-see and is just a 30 minute drive from Oxford city centre. Blenheim owes its fame in part to being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; to its glorious setting in over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland; and to its impressive English Baroque architecture designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, with Nicholas Hawksmoor and Grinling Gibbons. Or it could be that Blenheim’s gilded state rooms house one of the finest private collections in Europe, including the ‘Victory Tapestries,’ which chart the military campaigns of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill – the perfect excuse to visit Blenheim Palace with the opening of a memorial garden near where Churchill proposed to his wife.
If you want to take things at a different pace, then, we suggest a punt along the River Cherwell, gliding serenely past the Botanic Garden, or admiring the spectacular views from St Mary’s tower.