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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
  • Lacked helpful staff Jun 17, 2018
  • This place was lovely, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Great staff, great food, great…Mar 20, 2018
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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

from A$149
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

What’s around The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom


  • 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) - 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

Hotel size

  • 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, United Kingdom’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.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 174 reviews

The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sometimes falls short
The location was good to tour Oxford, but some aspects of the accomodation fell short. The service on arrival was adequate - to the point, but lacked energy and engagement. Our room was suitable, but the air conditioning didnt work. With no windows that could be opened, it became a very hot and stuffy night's sleep. The television reception was appalling, allowing us (at best) 1 scratchy channel to watch. That night we had dinner at the accomodation. The soup we ordered (tomato and basil) tasted like pasta sauce rather than soup - to the point where it was inedible. The quality of service at dinner after providing feeback on our meal was non-existent. To the credit of some of the staff, the gentleman running the establishment the next morning & the chef that morning were both excellent. In short, it's a good location, but depending on the staff and their diligence, you may or may not have a lovely stay. Special thanks to the staff working on Monday morning 6 June.
A Traveller, au1 night family trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Really quaint hotel above a quiet and charming pub - the room was updated and very comfortable, and the breakfast was superb.
A Traveller, us1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
Nice pub with lots of outside space. Good location.
Debbie, gb1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
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, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
Great spot, although found parking a challenge initially, being visitors to the area. Easy when you know though!
Declan, gb1 night trip

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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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