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The Head of the River, Oxford

4-star4 stars
Folly BridgeSt. Aldates, OxfordEnglandOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom

4-star inn with restaurant, near Oxford Castle Unlocked
  • Free WiFi
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  • This was a very nice place to stay and I will return when I'm next in Oxford. Unlike…Dec 13, 2018
  • Really quaint hotel above a quiet and charming pub - the room was updated and very…Nov 2, 2018
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The Head of the River, Oxford

from $106
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

What’s around The Head of the River, Oxford


  • Heart of Oxford
  • University of Oxford - 20 min walk
  • Oxford Castle Unlocked - 12 min walk
  • New Theatre Oxford - 12 min walk
  • Ashmolean Museum - 14 min walk
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History - 20 min walk
  • O2 Academy (Oxford) - 30 min walk
  • Oxford Brookes University - 41 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 20 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 58 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 18 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 14 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 18 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

At a glance

Key facts


  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM
Guests who are driving should contact the hotel in advance for advice on parking. Complimentary on-site parking is available only for guests staying in Superior Rooms. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • English breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Garden
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


The Head of the River - This pub specializes in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

The Head of the River, Oxford’s small print

Also known as

  • Head River
  • Head River Inn
  • Head River Inn Oxford
  • Head River Oxford
  • Head Of The River Hotel Oxford


Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 5 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 11.5 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 169 reviews

The Head of the River, Oxford
Liked everything about it.
Great inn with terrific service in a tremendous location, right on the River Thames.
Karen, us1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Very Good8.0
Fantastic, convenient place to experience Oxford
There are many places that pop up on a search for places to stay in Oxford, but most are far away. The Head of the River is easy walking distance from everything, and it is right on the Isis (Thames). My room was clean, neat, well maintained, and featured shortbread and chocolate as a welcome treat. The rooms are modern in an old building, so the walls are thin, and you will hear some creeks when people are walking. There is no A/C, but the Dyson in-room fan did the trick, and there are windows. (If global warming continues, they should consider putting in screens.) But as I said, while the inn is old, the rooms are modern, with a comfortable bed, a luxurious shower, a fine TV, and very good WiFi. The complementary breakfast is excellent - it would cost £14-20 elsewhere. The food overall is fantastic: I ate a delicious lunch here while waiting to check in. The staff is top-notch, and they responded to anything I asked or requested. I’m definitely staying here again the next time I come to Oxford.
Joseph, us2 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Very Good8.0
Head of the River Stay
The location was beautiful however, there was constant noise from the bar/pub below our room. People were around as early as 8 am and as late as 1 am making a lot of noise. Also, the staff were not very welcoming during our stay.
Jennifer, us1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Special Place
It was charming. I would recommend it.
Gary, us1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
mixed feelings
mixed feelings. good location, nice breakfast. the room (hotel) is old and smell, and noisy from the upstair's customers.
A Traveler, us4 night family trip

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