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A very welcoming B&B that couldn't be more central and has a great selection of rooms and fabulous breakfasts.

The Tower House

15 Ship Street Oxford OX1 3DA 01865 246 828

We say

The Tower House has a fantastic location – smack-bang in the centre of the city, leaving visitors a short walk from the main attractions and sights. Dating back to 1630, the building has an authentic feel with narrow stairs, wobbly walls and slightly uneven floors that fits in with its medieval surroundings on Ship Street; indeed part of it is built into the old city wall. They have eight double rooms and each one is unique, decorated in minimalist fashion with a soothing colour palette, comfy beds and mismatched but well-chosen furniture; the rooms at the back are the quietest but all have flatscreen TVs, free wifi, tea and coffee-making facilities and hairdryers, and 5 have spacious en-suite bathrooms. The 3 cheapest rooms share a bathroom, and make for one of central Oxford's best budget stays, while the two largest, deluxe rooms – Bastion and Foundry – are tucked away in one of the 21 bastions of the thirteenth-century city walls and have kingsize beds and modern bathrooms, one with a large walk-in shower, the other with a lovely rolltop bath. Breakfast is a special bonus, served next door at the Turl Street Kitchen, a very cool café-restaurant that serves possibly the best food the city centre has to offer, including a handsome Full English, rather fabulous kippers and irresistible bubble and squeak. And just in case you needed any other reason to stay at Tower House? It's is Oxford's only social enterprise guesthouse, with profits going to support the work of the student-driven, socially active Oxford Hub. Need we say more?

They say

We are a welcoming and very central Oxford B&B. Our building is Grade II listed and used to be part of the old city walls. Our profits go to our sister charity: Oxford Hub.

All our rooms are individually decorated to create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. We've partnered with some of Oxford's finest artisans to provide you with lovely organic toiletries.  

Breakfast is included in our room prices and is served at our sister enterprise: Turl Street Kitchen, just next door. You can choose from our extensive and popular breakfast menu. 

Our Favourite Spot

We have a special soft spot for our Bastion room. This double deluxe room is situated at the back of our building in what used to be part of the medieval city walls. It offers a quiet and luxurious space for a romantic weekend away. It boasts a roll-top bath and a sleigh bed with a tasteful decor in muted tones.

Best local places to eat and drink

Our sister entreprise Turl Street Kitchen is right around the corner from Tower House. Breakfast is served there and is included in your stay. You can also book in for lunch or dinner. We specialise in locally sourced and seasonal food. Our chefs will offer you their take on modern British cuisine in a twice daily changing menu.

Why stay with us?

We are Oxford’s only social enterprise hotel. All our profits go towards supporting our sister charity, Oxford Hub. They work with university students helping them to engage in social action in both their local community and beyond. Find out more about their projects here.

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Eight rooms in all – 2 de luxe doubles, 3 regular doubles and 3 small doubles with shared bathroom.

How much?

Double rooms with shared bathrooms start at £105 a night, standard doubles from £135 a night – all including breakfast.


  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wifi

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  • Boutique
  • Family-Friendly
  • Historic
  • Town & City

Getting There

Approximately a ten-minute walk from the train station. Follow Hythe Bridge Street and cross the bridge. Turn down George Street and walk up the gentle slope to Cornmarket. Turn right onto Cornmarket and immediately left onto Ship Street (next to the large church tower). The Tower House will be on your right shortly.


Closed December 22 to Jan 2.

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