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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
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Very Good8.4
  • This place was lovely, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Great staff, great food, great…Mar 20, 2018
  • What a treat to stay at The Head of the River! As someone who grew up with the Narnia…Feb 25, 2017
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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

from A$173
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 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

In the hotel

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, 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 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


  • 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) - 59 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 18 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 14 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 18 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 161 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
Very Good8.0
Fantastic, convenient place to experience Oxford
There are many places that pop up on a search for places to stay in Oxford, but most are far away. The Head of the River is easy walking distance from everything, and it is right on the Isis (Thames). My room was clean, neat, well maintained, and featured shortbread and chocolate as a welcome treat. The rooms are modern in an old building, so the walls are thin, and you will hear some creeks when people are walking. There is no A/C, but the Dyson in-room fan did the trick, and there are windows. (If global warming continues, they should consider putting in screens.) But as I said, while the inn is old, the rooms are modern, with a comfortable bed, a luxurious shower, a fine TV, and very good WiFi. The complementary breakfast is excellent - it would cost £14-20 elsewhere. The food overall is fantastic: I ate a delicious lunch here while waiting to check in. The staff is top-notch, and they responded to anything I asked or requested. I’m definitely staying here again the next time I come to Oxford.
Joseph, us2 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
very interesting town, nice old hotel on river with efficient staff.London prices so quite pricey.
I P, gb1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
Head of the River Stay
The location was beautiful however, there was constant noise from the bar/pub below our room. People were around as early as 8 am and as late as 1 am making a lot of noise. Also, the staff were not very welcoming during our stay.
Jennifer, us1 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom
Very Good8.0
Lovely short stay
Location excellent. Super clean. Room 21 lovely and tiny. (cozy), Great shower. Great election of hot breakfast. Stayed during the week, which is probably preferable, as the windows overlook the river and the outside patio. (which in nicer weather, weekends, the noise would be not ideal for trying to sleep.)
A Traveller, ca2 night trip

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The Head of the River, Oxford, United Kingdom

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