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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
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From 1,149 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

  • Had to queue at the bar to check in which was a little awkward on a busy Saturday…May 27, 2019
  • A good lively pub atmosphere, with the breakfast staff particularly helpful. Bit pricy.May 18, 2019

The Head of the River

from £133
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 179 reviews

Very good 8.0
Great location and hotel for a mini break
Lovely hotel and pub situated on the River with a nice outdoor seating area. The hotel is in a great location, a few minutes from the Cathedral and 10 mins walk in to the City. Great cooked Breakfast with a large selection of options, which was included in the price, along with a buffet. Our Room had AC, which was needed as we were on the top floor. The Bathrooms were modern and very clean with a great shower. We stayed in the original main building, which was a bit noisy, some from the main road and the building next door and some general noise from the surrounding rooms, this would be my only complaint.
Samantha, gb2 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Great location room was very small and very warm as well even with window open, would go for a different room next time. Staff really good and friendly excellent breakfast. Will definatley stay again but go for a better room
Duncan, gbRomance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Head of River hotel stay
Nice quiet location but within walking distance of the city. Nice staff and food.
Mark, gbBusiness trip
Exceptional 10.0
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
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely bedroom and well situated
gb1 night romance trip

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