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The Head of the River

4-star4 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
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 1,175 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$223
  • 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

  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 58 min drive
  • Oxford (OXF) - 14 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
  • Terrace
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’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
  • The Head of the River Inn
  • The Head of the River Oxford
  • The Head of the River Inn 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 198 reviews

Very good 8.0
A very cozy hotel
A very cozy room even though it is a bit small. Excellent services by very kind staffs. If you have big baggage, it may not be very convenient as there are stairs and the passage is narrow.
Ming Hung, gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
A great find
Had a lovely weekend in this little gem. Food is fab (evening meal and breakfast) service friendly and efficient. Would definitely use again.
gb1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
A nice pub by the river. comfortable and clean accommodation. Nice breakfast. A bit expensive for one night stay.
Dean, gb1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Great stay
We stayed in Room 5 which was quite spacious for a 'cozy' room with a walk in shower in the bathroom. The room was above the outside seating area so it was a bit noisy in the early evening but was quiet by the time we went to bed. You could still hear some road noise but not enough to bother us. There was a Dyson Cool in the room which was needed as the weather was pretty warm and we were on the top floor. Breakfast was only average, there wasn't a great buffet selection and the quality of the cooked breakfast was just average although we did get perfectly poached eggs, which we often dont. Staff attentive, friendly and helpful. This is a pub with rooms with suited us fine and is in a great location within easy walking distance of the main sites. Highly recommended
Jeanette, gb2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good Hotel
Very good and varied breakfast, the staff were friendly and very helpful. They provided gluten free bread/toast which we appreciated. The rooms were comfortable and clean and reasonably spacious. We had a room which overlooked the river and that was very pleasant. There is no lift but that did not bother us. We did not have food there, it was pub food but it looked good.
gb2 night trip

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