Tourism

What's close to River Hotel


On the doorstep


The city of Oxford revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the medieval centre led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the 'City of Dreaming Spires'.  The River Thames flow along the western and southern edge of the city and is easily accessible - beyond the river is predominately countryside and the River Hotel is well located in the middle, walk one way to the city, walk the other way to explore nature.

We are a short walk to the following local tourist, business and travel needs:

General

    • 10 minutes - all of of Oxford's attractions and facilities.

Transport

Nature

Business

Tourism

Dining and Bars

For more on Oxford's attractions follow these excellent magazines, Living In Oxford and Experience Oxfordshire


Blenheim Palace


Blenheim Palace offers a wonderful day out for all the family, situated in the delightful town of Woodstock,  8 miles from Oxford and  20 minute drive.  Bus S3 travels from Oxford Rail Station and takes around 30 minutes.

Blenheim palace was built between 1705 and 1722. The Park and Gardens at Blenheim provide a majestic formal setting for the Palace.  You will be inspired by the majesty of the Palace,  delighted by the interior filled with treasures and intrigued by the apartments devoted to Sir Winston Churchill. There are gardens in a variety of styles;lakes to row on, an adventure play area for children and even a narrow-gauge railway to take you from car park to the Palace. Blenheim Palace was built for the National Hero John 1st Duke of Marlborough and his Duchess Sarah, given by Queen Anne as a gift in reward for his military services.  

Nearby Bladon is famous as the final resting place of Winston Churchill,  Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.

Upcoming Events

Tours &Experiences
 
Enhance your visit with the range of tours and exhibitions included in your admission price, including a tour around the State Rooms, our Churchill exhibition,The Untold Story visitor experience, and our many self-guided trails around the Park and Formal Gardens.

In June 2018, we launched a new audio guiding system, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in 300 years of fascinating history at your own pace. Audio guide handsets are available in nine languages:English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian. 

Family Entertainment
28th July - 31st October
The perfect playground this Summer…
Blenheim Palace is the ultimate place to enjoy the very best of the great outdoors, family friendly events and entertainment that will keep kids entertained all summer long.

Buy one day, get 12 months free! 

British Heart Foundation Half Marathon
30th September 2018
There is something for everyone at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) running festival.
Get fit and help save lives by raising vital funds to beat heart disease!

Illuminated Christmas Trail
23rd November 2018 - 3rd January 2019
A winter trail through festive gardens
The Blenheim Palace winter trail will be brighter than ever before with lasers, projections, and thousands of pea-lights. From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, the Formal Gardens will light up once again for a festive journey of exploration and wonder. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour, shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and glistening baubles. Highlights include a new Field of Light, scented Fire Garden, Canopy of Light, and the mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees. 

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Oxford University


Oxford University is made up of 38 colleges spread across the city, most located in the small compact easily navigable city centre. There are many different buildings, including academic departments, colleges and halls, located around the centre of Oxford. Many University buildings, such as gardens, libraries and museums, as well as many of the colleges, are open to visitors during the day.

Nuffield College is the closest main college building to the River Hotel which is conveniently located just across from Oxford Castle;five minutes walk from the hotel.

The River Hotel and indeed most of West Oxford is built on Christ Church owned land, making Christ Church one of the wealthiest of the main colleges. Christ Church is also famous for educating some of Britain's Prime Ministers, author Lewis Carroll and more recently the film location of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. You can reach Christ Church via a leisurely walk along the towpath of the canalised River Thames to Folly Bridge.

Upcoming Events

Settlers
 
Event date 9 Feb 2018 to 16 Sep 2018
Event time 10:00 - 17:00
Venue Museum of Natural History
From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain’s ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography. The exhibition is accompanied by newly commissioned artwork by visual artist Ian Kirkpatrick, and a special events programme.

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/settlers

Undergraduate Open day dates in 2018
The next University-wide Open Days for undergraduates will be held on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 14 September 2018. Students, parents and teachers are invited to spend a whole day in Oxford.

Visit the university website for information on visiting the colleges, information on opening times and admission charges and links to their individual websites

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Hinksey Heights Golf Club


At Hinksey Heights - The Oxford Golf Course - you will find an 18 hole championship course with the most remarkable views of Oxford's 'dreaming spires'.  Set just on the edge of the city there is also the 939 yard nine hole Par 3 Spires Golf Course as well as a foot-golf course.

The River Hotel is on the west of Oxford and only a ten minute from the Hinksey Village and North Hinksey Golf Club, accessed from the A34.


The Sheldonian Theatre


The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. Some of the ceremonial activities that take place in the Theatre include matriculation, graduation ceremonies, Encaenia and Congregation. The Theatre is open to the public to visit when not in use.

This unique historic Oxford venue, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, can also be hired for concerts, meetings, lectures, talks and other events.

The Sheldonian Theatre is in the centre of Oxford and a 15 minute walk from the River Hotel.

Upcoming Events

Breaking News:The remaking of journalism and why it matters now.
Friday 7 September 5.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre
Alan Rusbridger presents his powerful and profound study of the news - how we read it, who controls it and why it matters
 
Neil MacGregor –Living with the Gods:40,000 Years of Peoples, Objects and Beliefs
Tuesday 25 September 7.00pm. Sheldonian Theatre
Former director of the National Gallery and the British Museum Dr Neil MacGregor looks at how different societies have understood and explained their place in the cosmos.

 
Benedict Allen:Ultimate Explorer UK Tour
Wednesday 3 October 7.30pm. Sheldonian Theatre
In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure –a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier –when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing

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University of Oxford Museum of Natural History


University of Oxford Museum of Natural History

 
Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.

Upcoming Event

Settlers
9 February to 16 September 2018

From the arrival of the earliest modern human to the people of the present day, our Settlers exhibition tells the dynamic story of Britain's ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography.


Architecture tours
Every Friday, 2.30pm &3.15pm (except during school holidays)
 
Highlighting some of the notable women throughout history who shaped science, find these pop up displays next to specimens around the Museum.


Bats:The Mystery Beings
25 July 2018 to 8 January 2019
 
Wytham Woods' studies of UK bat populations offer a unique insight into our often misunderstood 'night dwellers'.

Shout Out for Women in Science
3 September 2018 to 1 January 2019
 
Highlighting some of the notable women throughout history who shaped science, find these pop up displays next to specimens around the Museum.

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University Parks


Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the City, but conveniently located right at its heart, is a green oasis offered by University Parks. Aiming to be available for the enjoyment of members of the University, local residents, and visitors to Oxford the park is open to the public almost every day of the year until dusk (the only exception being Christmas Eve) and boasts a choice of walks, a large collection of trees (there are over 100 different varieties from all around the world) and plants and space for informal games and picnics.  For those that enjoy sport there is the opportunity, depending on the season, to catch a game of cricket, lacrosse, tennis, football or rugby.

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Pitt Rivers Museum


The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world and all time periods. It is truly a global museum. The museum is also a teaching and research institution and the curators are also university lecturers in either cultural anthropology or prehistoric archaeology. The museum was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University of Oxford. 

The museum is located next to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, University Parks is nearby.  Situated in north Oxford, it is a 20 minute walk from the River Hotel through the centre of town.

Upcoming Event

Sunday Morning Screen
Every Sunday 10.40 –11.40
Still a good time of the week for a relaxed visit - space to draw, a chance to study or simply to stand and stare. At 10.45 watch a 45minute audio-visual presentation featuring Sir David Attenborough, introducing many familiar, and some easily missed, treasures of the collections. This is followed by Welcome to My Museum (11.30, 10 minutes), a short film imagining a meeting between the two Victorian founders of the Pitt Rivers Museum and our neighbour, the Museum of Natural History.


Kwibuka Rwanda
21 April - 28 September 2018
During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, more than one million people lost their lives in just 100 days. Today there are 243 memorials, often marking sites where genocide took place. Many memorials preserve the remains of those who perished. Kwibuka Rwanda highlights a small selection of these memorials, telling the story of genocide survivors' attempts to come to terms with loss and trauma. It gives voice to the 'care-takers', survivors who work at memorials, honouring the dead by cleaning and preserving their remains. Further information.

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Ashmolean


Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the world’s oldest public museum with incredibly rich and diverse collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to Pre-Raphaelite paintings to contemporary art.  

The Ashmolean is open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10am–5pm.  

The rooftop restaurant entrance is on St Giles with some marvellous views during the day.

It is a 15 minute walk from the River Hotel to the Ashmolean Museum, along Hythe Bridge st and Beaumont street.

Exhibition
A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN CHINESE ART
FREE DISPLAY
Until 7 October 2018
Over many centuries, Chinese painters have been inspired by everyday life, traditional literature and folk religion to portray women in this world and beyond. This spring exhibition in the Chinese Painting Gallery features a diverse selection of representations of women in Chinese art over the past 100 years.

TRICKS OF TRADE:MONEY AND MAGIC IN CONTEXT
FREE DISPLAY
Until 16 December 2018
Money can be ‘magical’in more ways than one –it multiplies, it grows and it can buy happiness and bring forth plenitude. This display will explore how money and magic come together in interesting ways, showcasing coins used as magical objects, and exploring how money has worked magic over centuries.

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New Theatre Oxford


The New Theatre offers a unique facility within the historic city of Oxford. The New Theatre opened in February 1934 with a revolving stage and increased capacity of 2000 (1,710 seated).  Following a refurbishment in 2003 the theatre reverted back to the name New Theatre.

Upcoming Shows

The League Of Gentlemen Live Again
New Theatre Oxford
Wed 05 Sep 2018, 7.30pm
The League of Gentlemen will return to the stage in 2018 for their first UK tour in over 12 years with their brand new live show The League of Gentlemen Live Again!...

Islands In The Stream
New Theatre Oxford
Fri 07 Sep 2018, 7.30pm
Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!

Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael
New Theatre Oxford
Sat 08 Sep 2018, 7.30pm
Direct from London's West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show.
Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar...

Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
New Theatre Oxford
Wed 03 Oct 2018, 8.00pm
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint. 

Joanna Lumley
New Theatre Oxford
Wed 17 Oct 2018, 7.30pm
The legendary Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour, It's All About Me.

Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.

One Night of Elvis:Lee 'Memphis' King
New Theatre Oxford
Fri 09 Nov 2018, 7.30pm

There are Elvis tributes…and then there’s Lee Memphis King.

Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance.

Billy Ocean
New Theatre Oxford
Sat 24 Nov 2018, 7.00pm
Following his sold out tour this year British Soul icon Billy Ocean has announced a huge UK headline tour for November/December 2018.

Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording star Britain has ever produced and has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. Having achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter, Billy has collected multiple Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide in the pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK.


Nativity The Musical
New Theatre Oxford
Tue 11 Dec 2018, 7.00pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018, 2.00pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018, 7.00pm
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Thu 13 Dec 2018, 7.00pm
Following a smash-hit 2017 run in London, Nativity! The Musical embarks on a UK tour this festive season, before returning to London for Christmas!

Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.


Find us
It is less than 10 minutes walk from the River Hotel to the New Theatre on George Street, where there are plenty of pre theatre bars and dining options.  There is a taxi rank at the bus station.

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Oxford Town Hall - Oxford City Council


Hire the beautiful Oxford Town Hall in the heart of Oxford for weddings, conferences, meetings, concerts, festivals, social events and exhibition

Upcoming  Event

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Holywell Music Room


The Holywell Music Room is the oldest concert hall in Europe, built in 1742, and is famed for its excellent acoustic. Handel is among the many famous composers and musicians to have appeared here.

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