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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

It doesn’t get much more central than this charming B&B, hidden away behind a mint-green frontage on historic Ship Street, a stone’s throw from all the city’s main sights.  

The house dates back to the 16th century, and the winding passageways, stone floors and jumble of rooms all add to the historic feel. 

There are few add-ons – there’s no breakfast (but countless cafes and restaurants within walking distance) or communal area – but this means super-affordable rooms in one of the best locations in the city. 

All the main sights – the colleges, covered market and shops and restaurants – are within a few minutes’ walk. If you want to be right at the heart of historic Oxford, this is the place to choose. 

Surrounding area

Tucked away on a skinny side street, right in the centre of town, Tower House is flanked by residential buildings, with the imposing walls of Jesus College directly opposite.

Inevitably there is traffic noise and plenty of hubbub, with a café and a couple of boutiques a few doors along, but it’s not one of the city’s main arteries, and it does quieten at night.  


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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