Perfect for exploring the city of dreaming spires

by Julie Musk

Right next to the railway station in the centre of the city, YHA Oxford is busy with trains coming and going, yet perfectly situated to explore all the city has to offer – simply walk out and you’re in the thick of it. It’s also easy to pick up the Thames Path from here or enjoy walking/cycling along the canal; both are oases of calm amid the bustle of town.

The hostel is popular with groups of young people with their leaders, with corridors of rooms, all very functional. There is a comfortable bar/café open to the public as part of the reception area; also a separate hostellers’ lounge with pool table, kitchen, dining room and library accessible with your key card. Downstairs is worth an explore as the walls are decorated with interesting posters and memorabilia of people connected with Oxford. The cute garden out the back has picnic benches, though it’s rather noisy as it backs onto the railway line.

We stayed in a private room (not en suite) and B&B cost about £28 each, which you might think is pricey, but for the location and the cooked breakfast which was generous. Being so centrally located, you can easily pop back to the hostel during the day and/or enjoy an evening out in town. Westgate Centre is only five minutes’ walk away and has a Sainsbury’s, handy for self-catering. The nearest Park and Ride is Seacourt (just £4 for up to 24 hours).

Images and text: © Julie Musk 2019

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