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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

4-star4 stars
Folly BridgeSt. Aldates, OxfordEnglandOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom, (02) 8228 1927

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free breakfast and free WiFi
Very Good8.2
  • What a treat to stay at The Head of the River! As someone who grew up with the Narnia…Feb 25, 2017
  • Unfortunately the hotel lacks any management direction I own hotel and accom !! staff no…Aug 20, 2016
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From 868 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

from A$157
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
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
  • Free breakfast
  • Full breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 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, United Kingdom’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.

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, United Kingdom


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

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) 18-min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) 59-min drive
  • Oxford Station 17-min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station 14-min drive
  • Oxford Islip Station 18-min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 168 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
Aussie Travellers recommend The Head of the River
Hotel in great location. Rooms fabulous. Parking limited, so request in advance to avoid disappointment.
Debra, au1 night romance trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
A little attention to detail needed.
Comfy pub/hotel - service was very good, parking is dependant on having a superior room at £20-00 extra (not mentioned at time of booking). Room was quirky but ill thought out in places, watching TV from the bed meant the bright overhead light was dazzling. Bathroom had mouldy grout on tiles and remnants of building dust in corners. Not sure it was worth £140-00 per night. Breakfast was good and the evening meal was very good.Not sure what extras were worth the extra for a superior room (slippers, bathrobe, neither of which used, a bottle of beer, some tea bags and a coffee machine?)
John, gb3 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Overall great room
Food was really good, they didn’t charge extra for Room service and the breakfast selection was excellent! Nespresso machine in the room and a free bottle of beer was a nice touch. Only issues were squashed spiders in the blinds and the lighting was a bit low
S D, gb3 night business trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Gorgeous room, really friendly staff, very good breakfast and great location!
Jacqui, gb1 night business trip

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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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