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The Head of the River

4-star4 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
Folly Bridge, St. Aldates, Oxford, England, OX1 4LB, United Kingdom

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
  • Fine central clean. Room is a bit cramped Nov 27, 2019
  • A very cozy room even though it is a bit small. Excellent services by very kind staffs.…Oct 3, 2019

The Head of the River

from £81
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

What’s around The Head of the River


  • In Oxford City Centre
  • Christ Church College (5-minute walk)
  • Covered Market (10-minute walk)
  • Exeter College (11-minute walk)
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin (12-minute walk)
  • Radcliffe Camera (12-minute walk)
  • Ashmolean Museum (13-minute walk)
  • Sheldonian Theatre (14-minute walk)

Getting around

  • London (LHR-Heathrow) 58-min drive
  • Oxford (OXF) 14-min drive
  • Oxford Station 17-min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station 10-min drive
  • Oxford Parkway Station 11-min drive

About The Head of the River

The Head of the River puts you in a great location, within just a 10-minute walk of Christ Church College and Covered Market. 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. There's also a garden, and rooms at this upscale inn offer flat-screen TVs and espresso makers. Fellow travelers say good things about the comfortable beds and helpful staff.

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.

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

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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
  • Terrace
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 specialises in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

The Head of the River’s small print

Also known as

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


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.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 180 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
A great find
Had a lovely weekend in this little gem. Food is fab (evening meal and breakfast) service friendly and efficient. Would definitely use again.
gb1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
A nice pub by the river. comfortable and clean accommodation. Nice breakfast. A bit expensive for one night stay.
Dean, gb1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Great stay
We stayed in Room 5 which was quite spacious for a 'cozy' room with a walk in shower in the bathroom. The room was above the outside seating area so it was a bit noisy in the early evening but was quiet by the time we went to bed. You could still hear some road noise but not enough to bother us. There was a Dyson Cool in the room which was needed as the weather was pretty warm and we were on the top floor. Breakfast was only average, there wasn't a great buffet selection and the quality of the cooked breakfast was just average although we did get perfectly poached eggs, which we often dont. Staff attentive, friendly and helpful. This is a pub with rooms with suited us fine and is in a great location within easy walking distance of the main sites. Highly recommended
Jeanette, gb2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good Hotel
Very good and varied breakfast, the staff were friendly and very helpful. They provided gluten free bread/toast which we appreciated. The rooms were comfortable and clean and reasonably spacious. We had a room which overlooked the river and that was very pleasant. There is no lift but that did not bother us. We did not have food there, it was pub food but it looked good.
gb2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Nice Breakfast
Had to queue at the bar to check in which was a little awkward on a busy Saturday afternoon , service was pleasant enough . The room was as described, comfy , toilet seat was wonky and the grouting in the shower was dirty but neither was enough of a concern to winge . The air con was good which was handy as the one window does not open and considering the drunken shouting that you could hear as people staggered home you wouldn’t have opened the window anyway . Location was ok on the river but the surrounding buildings had no history to them so if you want that sort of thing stay somewhere else . The breakfast was great and it was nice served from the bar as it didn’t feel like one of those production line set ups that you get from some hotels , probably the best part of the stay for me .
David, gbRomance trip

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