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The Head of the River

Folly Bridge St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 4LB England
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#19 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Situated besides Oxford’s scenic River Thames, The Head of the River matches its food, drink and accommodation to the beauty of its surroundings. Whether you join us for an hour in the garden or for a night in one of our luxurious rooms, we’re confident you’ll hate to say goodbye.
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MarkandCat wrote a review Oct 18
London239 contributions76 helpful votes
Great service, very professional and friendly motivated staff. Had a problem with the radiator in the first room we had and moved us no issue. Our room was amazing, spotlessly clean, great facilities (Nespresso machine, nice bluetooth speaker) comfy bed, room was very nicely done, trendy dark blue "Farrow and Ball" walls with a really nice bathroom with loads of hot water. Dinner on the Friday night was excellent - nothing fancy just really good pub grub well done - very nice rib eye steak and the best home made chips....breakfast was also excellent, full English with local bacon and sausages and perfectly cooked poached eggs with the Eggs Benedict. Great location by the river
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Date of stay: October 2020
Kctreac wrote a review Oct 11
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom58 contributions31 helpful votes
Really nice place to stay in a great location. Our room was lovely, the bathroom was clean and had a good shower. The staff were so helpful and friendly. The only downside was our room faced out onto student accommodation, so had noise until about 2/3am the Friday and Saturday night. It meant we couldn't open the windows and the room did get quite hot. Noise from next door as well so think the walls are quite thin. Glad I brought earplugs with me!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
JayEm123 wrote a review Oct 6
Beijing, China9 contributions
A very comfortable stay, with friendly staff and good attention to social distancing. And a great location too, for the university and beautiful Christchurch Meadows. Parked at Redbridge Park and Ride which is convenient and well-priced.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
rainbirdEastYorks wrote a review Sep 2020
East Yorks36 contributions16 helpful votes
Arrived on a glorious sunny Sunday and managed to bag a great table on the water’s edge. We ordered the Sunday Roast which was brilliant. We’d booked in for one night and booked another night without even seeing our room. We loved the location and the food was excellent and knew we wanted to stay! Our room was their smallest double.. it’s very small but perfectly equipped with everything you need. They moved us to a larger room for our second night which was perfect. Breakfast is wonderful and their staff are great. We had a lovely few days and will most definitely be returning!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
NossGirl wrote a review Sep 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
The manager could not have been more helpful on our sup trip down the Thames. Found us somewhere to store our boards and made our stay really easy. Great location on the river and super comfy room and a great dinner.
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Date of stay: September 2020
$185 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Head of the River
Which popular attractions are close to The Head of the River?
Nearby attractions include Christ Church Meadow (0.2 miles), Christ Church (0.3 miles), and Alice’s Shop (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Head of the River?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Head of the River?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Head of the River?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Folly, Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, and Dirty Bones Oxford.
Is The Head of the River located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Oxford.
Are there any historical sites close to The Head of the River?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Oxford Castle & Prison (0.5 miles), Bodleian Library (0.5 miles), and Sheldonian Theatre (0.5 miles).
Does The Head of the River have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.