Vanbrugh House

1,3,5 hours in Oxford

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The beauty and splendour of Oxford can be discovered and appreciated in as little as one hour. Just a short stroll from our boutique hotel in Oxford, Victors bar and restaurant and soak up a few historic sites on the way, including St. Peter’s College, Oxford War Memorial and St. Ebbe’s Church. Located on the terrace at Westgate shopping centre, the venue’s wisteria-clad interior provides a picturesque setting for residents and tourists alike.


As well as an impressive food offering, the menu is complemented by an extensive beverage list, including wines sourced by Victors’ in-house experts, and innovative cocktails designed to incite the senses. A perfect setting to catch up with friends or loved ones, it’s no wonder this Instagram-worthy spot is such a popular destination.

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Three hours in...Ashmolean Museum

‘… because the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health’


In light of this philosophy, wealthy antiquary, royalist, scholar and collector, Elias Ashmole, founded the Ashmolean Museum and gave it as a gift to the University of Oxford in 1677, as well as his collections.


Embrace the academic tradition of Oxford with a visit to the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, The Ashmolean, aptly named after its founder. Learn and explore world-famous collections from Egyptian mummies to medieval antiques. The museum is just a short walk from our hotel in Oxford city centre.

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Five hours in...Blenheim Palace

No trip to Oxford is complete without a visit to the breath-taking Blenheim Palace, just a 20-minute drive from our Oxford hotel. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many stories to tell. The outstanding architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, who created English Baroque, is also the namesake behind our very own Vanbrugh House Hotel.


Take a free guided tour of the State Rooms, visit the Churchill Exhibition, or discover the beauty of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens at your own leisure. Get lost in the Marlborough Maze, visit the home of butterfly species from around the world at The Butterfly House, or simply sit back and enjoy the surroundings at one of the four delicious cafés and restaurants in the grounds.




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