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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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

4-star inn with restaurant, near Carfax Tower
  • Free WiFi
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  • 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$217
  • from A$217
  • 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
  • Carfax Tower - 9 min walk
  • Oxford Castle Unlocked - 11 min walk
  • New Theatre Oxford - 12 min walk
  • Ashmolean Museum - 14 min walk
  • Bodleian Library - 15 min walk
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 19 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 58 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 18 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 14 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 17 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

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
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 171 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
Quirky room, fab staff
Lovely pub, fab staff, comfy bed and boutique style room. Quite cold during dinner due to faulty vent, but staff rectifying. Great menu and nice relaxed breakfast
Linda, gb2 night romance trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Snug, quaint, well appointed - I will return
This was a very nice place to stay and I will return when I'm next in Oxford. Unlike many inns and hotels on the High street or closer to the University, this was fairly quiet. HOTR has well appointed rooms that are a touch small but contain all the amenities - toiletries, hair dryer, plenty of hangers, good lighting, quality linens, and an excellent breakfast. The staff was extremely helpful and attentive; food at the pub was very good. Families with small children might struggle with the narrow stairs and hallways ( part of the inn appears to be in a listed building) but those with older children or staying as a couple will have no troubles.
Rachel, us4 night family trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Lovely bedroom and well situated
A Traveller, gb1 night romance 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 family trip

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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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