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The Head of the River

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Front of property
Indulgence Room | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Cosy Room | Bathroom | Shower, free toiletries, hair dryer
Serves lunch and dinner

Overview of The Head of the River

The Head of the River

4.0 star property
4-star inn with restaurant, near University of Oxford

8.4/10 Very good

553 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
The price is CA $254
Price available on 04/10/2023
Folly Bridge, St. Aldates, Oxford, England, OX1 4LB
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Limited hour front desk
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Espresso maker

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Oxford City Centre
  • University of Oxford - 3 min walk
  • Thames River - 1 min drive
  • Oxford Castle - 2 min drive
  • John Radcliffe Hospital - 15 min drive
  • Cotswolds - 25 min drive
  • Blenheim Palace - 17 min drive
  • Bicester Village - 20 min drive

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 14 min drive
  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 39.5 miles/63.6 km
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 10 min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station - 11 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 17 min walk


  • Curzon Oxford - 9 min walk
  • Le Pain Quotidien - 9 min walk
  • The Old Tom - 6 min walk
  • Pret a Manger - 10 min walk
  • Sticks'n'Sushi - Oxford - 9 min walk

About this property

The Head of the River

The Head of the River puts you 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from University of Oxford. You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or wind down at the end of the day with a drink from the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this upscale inn include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers love the breakfast and walkable location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • English breakfast (surcharge) each morning 8 AM–11 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge


  • Front desk (limited hours)


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

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.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 11.5 per person

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.


<p>The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. </p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Head River
Head River Inn
Head River Inn Oxford
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Head Of The River Hotel Oxford
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The Head of the River Inn Oxford

Frequently asked questions

Does The Head of the River offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Head of the River does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Head of the River?
As of 22 Mar 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Head of the River on 10 Apr 2023 start from CA $254, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Head of the River?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Head of the River?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Head of the River?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at The Head of the River.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Head of the River?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Head of the River and nearby?
The Head of the River has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Head of the River?
Yes, The Head of the River offers British cuisine.
What's the area around The Head of the River like?
The Head of the River is located on the waterfront in Oxford City Centre, a short 1-minute walk from Thames River and 3 minutes' walk from University of Oxford. Our travelers say the local area is very walkable.



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10/10 Exceptional

Oxford gem
What an incredible find! I loved the quirkiness of this hotel along with it's great location. I had made a reservation for the wrong date, and they STILL honored the reservation. I was only here for one night but it was memorable. The pub had great food and beer. The room was quirky but with modern amenities, loved everything about this place and will definitely return. Staff were very, very helpful wish I had written this review the next day as I cannot remember their names .
Mercedes, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Miao, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hard to park
Parking is difficult. We used the park and ride. Cheap
Graeme, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great place
this is a lovely place in a lovely can walk to most places and the train station is only about .7 km away on an easy walk. Christ church is two blocks . the christ church meadow is behind the Inn and a lovely walk Located right on the thames so boat rides are available. the bed was very comfortable. breakfast is hearty but i'd avoid the eggs benedict. Staff lovely and helpful.
Christina, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

great staff, breakfast, comfy bed, comfy room, great location. very dusty room and could hear the tv in the room next too us. would stay again though
Nina, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Marj, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

David G, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Steven, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

What a fantastic hotel, it has everything, location, beautiful and clean room with all facilities required, most accommodating staff who couldn’t be more helpful and wonderful pub/restaurant with homemade food and discount for hotel guests, had such a great time and would visit again and again
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4/10 Fair

They had our reservation logged for the wrong dates when we arrived. They tried to say this (their!) error was because we had not prepaid which would have moved the booking dates?! The room was very tired, grubby, damp, poorly decorated and clearly needs entirely redoing including a new bathroom which was not clean and poor standard. The room was nothing like the quality shown in pictures. We were constantly made to feel like errors were our fault eg not getting housekeeping done because we put our door sign out too late , and being presented with a WhatsApp photo of our door to prove they were right and we were wrong. The cold breakfast selection is good but the cooked plant based breakfast was not nice at all. No way worth the price in our opinion based on the customer service and quality of accommodation.
Sarah, 2-night trip
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