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The Head of the River

4-star4 stars
Folly Bridge, St. Aldates, Oxford, England, OX1 4LB, United Kingdom

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
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From 1,149 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

  • Excellent place to stay.. beautiful location on the River. Very friendly staff, breakfast…Mar. 28, 2019
  • Lacked helpful staff Jun. 17, 2018

The Head of the River

from A$239
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

What’s around The Head of the River


  • In Oxford City Centre
  • Christ Church College - 5 min walk
  • Covered Market - 10 min walk
  • Exeter College - 11 min walk
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin - 12 min walk
  • Radcliffe Camera - 12 min walk
  • Ashmolean Museum - 13 min walk
  • Sheldonian Theatre - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 14 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 58 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 17 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 10 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 11 min drive

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.

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

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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

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’s small print

Also known as

  • Head River Inn Oxford
  • Head River Inn
  • Head River 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.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 179 reviews

Very good 8.0
Such a cool location, rooms were nice and the staff was very friendly! My only advice for Americans visiting in the summer—don’t assume there is air conditioning. Be sure to ask for a room with it.
Ned, us3 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Nice Breakfast
Had to queue at the bar to check in which was a little awkward on a busy Saturday afternoon , service was pleasant enough . The room was as described, comfy , toilet seat was wonky and the grouting in the shower was dirty but neither was enough of a concern to winge . The air con was good which was handy as the one window does not open and considering the drunken shouting that you could hear as people staggered home you wouldn’t have opened the window anyway . Location was ok on the river but the surrounding buildings had no history to them so if you want that sort of thing stay somewhere else . The breakfast was great and it was nice served from the bar as it didn’t feel like one of those production line set ups that you get from some hotels , probably the best part of the stay for me .
David, gbRomance trip
Very good 8.0
A good lively pub atmosphere, with the breakfast staff particularly helpful. Bit pricy.
Robert, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Our room was very nice and comfortable. It looked out over the patio but we didn't have any issues with noise at night. The patio is a wonderful place for morning coffee or dinner and drinks in the evening as it is right on the river. The location is perfect for walks on Oxford campus, along the river, or into town for a meal or shopping. The staff was extremely nice and helpful and I would absolutely stay there again.
Terry, usRomance trip
Very good 8.0
Great location and hotel for a mini break
Lovely hotel and pub situated on the River with a nice outdoor seating area. The hotel is in a great location, a few minutes from the Cathedral and 10 mins walk in to the City. Great cooked Breakfast with a large selection of options, which was included in the price, along with a buffet. Our Room had AC, which was needed as we were on the top floor. The Bathrooms were modern and very clean with a great shower. We stayed in the original main building, which was a bit noisy, some from the main road and the building next door and some general noise from the surrounding rooms, this would be my only complaint.
Samantha, gb2 night romance trip

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