The University Parks
The University Parks consist of about 70 acres (30 hectares) of parkland on the West bank of the River Cherwell, together with a 4 acre (1.5 hectare) spur of land running towards the South. The Parks include sports areas and a large collection of plants and trees in landscaped suroundings.
For further information about the Parks please click on the links on the left.
Please note that the Marston Cycle Track is the responsibility of the County Council.
The University Parks are administered by the Curators and the Parks Superintendent. The Parks are open to members of the public during the day apart from Christmas Eve (December 24th). The opening and closing times are given here.
By kind permission of the Curators the following events will take place in the University Parks
Please contact the organisers of these events for further information.
The University Cricket Club and OUCCE have the University Parks as their home venue. Please consult their website for a list of their fixtures.
July 2013. The University Parks permanent orienteering course is now fully updated.
Tree planting to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
March 2013. The Curators of the University Parks invited the six Heads of the Permanent Private Halls (PPH) in Oxford University to each plant a tree in the Parks to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. More ...
November 2012. A quidditch pitch has been created in the Parks for the Oxford Quidditch Team.
Earthworks in the University Parks - Water Recycling
July 2009. Rainwater from the roof of the new biochemistry building is being collected in four huge underground tanks in the Parks for use in the irrigation of sports turf and the borders.
The Parks were delighted to receive an environmental award from the Oxford Preservation Trust for the new Keble gates. The award was made for "the contribution made to the preservation and enhancement of Oxford's heritage.
150th anniversary of the University Parks
October 2004. The 150th anniversary of the University Parks has been marked with a new set of gates at the Keble Gate entrance. The Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood officially opened the gates at a ceremony on Friday 8 October 2004.
Opening of the Tentorium
November 2002. The Opening of the Tentorium by the Vice Chancellor, 2002
The University Parks staff not only maintain the University
Parks, but also a considerable number of college
and other sites in the the University.