It’s clear that the trend towards UK holidays is here to stay. With increased living costs and ongoing uncertainty over travel, it’s no surprise that many are seeking more local experiences. But beyond the realms of classic British locations such as Cornwall, the Lake District or Bournemouth exists a truly unique bed and breakfast city break in the heart of historic Oxford.
Keble College, founded in 1870, is one of the biggest colleges at the University of Oxford and one of the city’s most interesting, architectural landmarks. For those seeking iconic accommodation and Instagrammable views, Keble boasts an absolutely stunning setting. Venture behind the college walls and discover a choice of rooms overlooking tranquil Quads and inspiring architecture for a short break like no other.
A guaranteed conversation starter, Keble offers an array of fantastic additions to your city break. Immerse yourself in the history of a ground-breaking venue that was the first Oxford College of the modern era or simply marvel at the unique architecture of Keble’s magnificent buildings.
Celebrating its 152nd year, the striking polychromatic brickwork designed by architect William Butterfield, is breath-taking in all seasons. Originally intended to reflect Keble’s high number of geology students by conjuring images of sedimentary rocks, the brickwork continues to inspire the College, with Graduates still receiving a special red, souvenir Keble ‘brick’ upon graduation. The college’s two sites, Keble College and The HB Allen Centre, offer a choice of neo-gothic, Grade 1 listed history or cutting-edge, architectural design.
Walk up steps worn smooth by generations of students and discover hidden gems such as the world-famous pre-Raphaelite, ‘The Light of The World’ by William Holman Hunt, one of the most influential religious paintings of its kind. Discover the story behind its residency within Keble’s gothic Chapel and experience the Chapel’s beautiful interior from mosaics, stained glass windows and gothic arcades to the vaulted roof.
Explore beyond the beautiful buildings and you’ll find a memorable blend of historical charm and modern charisma for your city break. Keble has several Quads which are kept to immaculate standards by the grounds team. Named for its Victorian founders, Liddon, Pusey, Newman and Hayward, the Quads boast striped lawns that make for an incredible setting. In summer, guests can also partake in a quintessentially British game of croquet or enjoy a leisurely picnic.
Inside, Keble offers a range of comfortable single, double and twin ensuite bedrooms in distinctive settings. Imagine waking up to impressive views of the grounds or spending the night at the top of the clock tower! The Housekeeping team ensure that all rooms are presented to the highest standards possible. Accommodation includes tea and coffee making facilities, towels, fridge, free WIFI, and a generous selection of toiletries.
To complete your experience, enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast served in Keble’s magnificent Gothic Dining Hall. As Oxford’s longest hall, it is rumoured to be the inspiration for the Hogwarts Dining Hall in the Harry Potter films. With its awe-inspiring stained-glass windows, huge banqueting space and oil portraits dating from the 1800s, it’s easy to see why! Breakfast is truly a highlight with plenty of choice as you dine in a piece of living history – the perfect way to start your day.
Keble College offers a prime location within the heart of Oxford. With its central status, guests can easily explore on foot or bike – a great way to immerse yourself in the city of dreaming spires. Close to all main attractions from the iconic Bodleian Library and the Covered Market to the Ashmolean Museum, it’s just a short walk to the train and bus stations, as well as the Hop On Hop Off bus tour which stops outside. Home to 1,500 listed buildings, captivating scenes and magical hidden corners, it’s no wonder Oxford has been the inspiration for countless writers and filmmakers over time.
Keble College continues to receive high ratings on TripAdvisor most probably due to its fantastic location, unique setting and exceptional staff. So, for an enviable experience with a touch of academic class, why not try something different and book a room for a truly unique experience. Click here for more information or to book your next city break holiday.