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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 Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
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Very Good8.4
  • There are many places that pop up on a search for places to stay in Oxford, but most are…Jun 22, 2018
  • The location was beautiful however, there was constant noise from the bar/pub below our…Apr 27, 2018
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From 997 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Head of the River, Oxford

from $105
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 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

In the hotel

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

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 hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Head of the River, Oxford


  • Heart of Oxford
  • University of Oxford - 20 min walk
  • Christ Church College - 5 min walk
  • Covered Market - 10 min walk
  • Exeter College - 12 min walk
  • Radcliffe Camera - 12 min walk
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin - 12 min walk
  • Ashmolean Museum - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 20 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 59 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 18 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 14 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 18 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 161 reviews

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
The Head of the River, Oxford
Great spot on the river
This was a perfect place to stay while visiting Oxford. The staff is friendly, the location is terrific, and the place itself is both interesting and comfortable.
James, us3 night family trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Lukewarm Experience
Parking is a problem at this hotel, they don't have any. There is a car park down the street ($30 a day) and you would think they would be able to direct you there, maybe have a map printed out, but no. They only give you verbal instructions that were wrong. The room was nice, but the window was open with no screens and there was a large family of flies in the room. There is no AC so it's good it cooled off at night or it would have been unbearable. The hotel is right on the Thames River, but our room as usual for looked over the trash cans. We ate at the restaurant for dinner which overlooks the River and is very pleasant. Our food took over an hour to come despite them assuring us every 10 minutes it was coming right out. It finally did and was lukewarm. The breakfast was good. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
John, us1 night romance trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
The hotel was beautiful and the staff was excellent. They went out of their way to accommodate our needs. They were polite and made our stay in Oxford worth every moment.
emily, us1 night family trip

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The Head of the River, Oxford

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