Old Bank Hotel, Oxford
From the city centre, the Old Bank Hotel is situated halfway down the High Street opposite St Mary’s Church (the University Church), the Radcliffe Camera and Catte Street. The Old Bank is the most centrally located hotel in the city between famous colleges Merton, All Souls, University and Oriel and within minutes of the best of Oxford’s shopping, theatres, galleries, libraries and gardens.
Address (Do not use for SATNAV – see below)
Old Bank Hotel
92-94 High St
Travelling by car by day (avoiding bus gates)
Please note between the hours of 7.30 am and 6.30 pm a traffic restriction on the High Street is enforced. You may drive up to the restriction and U-turn to avoid a fine. It is located halfway up the High Street and is clearly marked.
Oxford is well linked to the M4 junction 13 (23 miles) and M40 junction 8 or 8a (10 miles). Please see the routes avoiding fines below.
From the East
Via Magdalen Bridge
This is the best way to avoid bus gates (which incur £70.00 traffic fines) in the city centre and reach the Old Bank Hotel by day if you are driving in from East Oxford.
Cross Magdalen Bridge driving northwest into the High Street, go through the traffic lights and turn immediately left into Merton Street. The hotel is signposted from here. Follow the cobblestone road around until you reach Magpie Lane on your right-hand side. Turn right into Magpie Lane, and you will find the car park on the right-hand side opposite the lamppost.
East Oxford Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)
If you are entering the city through East Oxford, please note there are bollards on smaller streets in the Divinity Road, St Clement’s and St Mary’s areas.
From the West
Via Longwall Street
If you are driving in from North Oxford, head south on Longwall Street towards the High Street. At the traffic lights, turn left onto the High Street and continue onto The Plain roundabout – towards Magdalen Bridge. At the roundabout, take the fifth exit back onto The Plain – the same way you came to rejoin the High Street. Head straight through the traffic light and immediately take the first left onto Merton Street. Follow the cobblestone road around and take a right onto Magpie Lane, and you will find the car park on the right-hand side opposite the lamppost.
If using a satnav, the postcode OX1 4ES will direct you along Merton Street, up Magpie Lane, and into the hotel car park.
The routes above via Magdalen Bridge and Longwall Street are free to drive between 6.30 pm and 7.30 am without incurring fines.
From the South via Folly Bridge (below directions), would incur a fine during the daytime)
Via Folly Bridge
If you are driving in from Abingdon Road by night, drive north until crossing Folly Bridge. Immediately take a slight left onto Thames Street and follow the road around. At the second traffic light, turn into Speedwell Street on your right-hand side, drive straight down and take a slight left onto St Aldates. At the end of the road, turn right onto the High Street and take your second right into Merton Street. The hotel is signposted from here. Follow the road around until you reach Magpie Lane on your right-hand side. Turn right into Magpie Lane, and you will find the car park on the right-hand side opposite the lamppost.
The hotel has a large secure private car park which provides up to 35 spaces for hotel guests and is accessed via an automated barrier.
To avoid a fine, if using a satnav, the postcode OX1 4ES will direct you along Merton Street, up Magpie Lane, and into the hotel car park.
We have four EV charging points in our car park, charges will apply via the monta.com app (download the app here). We advise guests to bring their own charging cables.
For train services, Oxford Station is only a fifteen-minute walk (six-minute drive) away from the Old Bank Hotel. Services from Oxford to London take just over an hour, with Oxford to Marylebone being the shortest and most direct route operated by Chiltern Railways every 30 minutes. There are usually plenty of taxis outside for transport to the hotel from the station.
The Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach are the main bus operators with routes all over the city and surrounding areas within Oxfordshire. Bus passes may be purchased at the time in the bus, or in advance on their respective websites and apps.
For travel by coach to and from London, the Oxford Tube is a convenient option with a flexible return and stops at multiple popular locations in Oxford (Gloucester Green in Oxford City Centre and Thornhill Park & Ride) and London (Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch and Victoria).
For travel to and from Oxford and Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, The Airline provides the most frequent service. Gloucester Green Bus Station is the nearest connection with bays for multiple service providers, including the National Express, for other airports and cities around the UK.
London Oxford Airport is the Thames Valley’s primary regional and business aviation airport and provides the only commercial airport between London Heathrow and Birmingham.