Travelling to the Parks

There are no public parking facilities at University Parks, however the site is easily accessed by public transport and is in walking distance of the city centre.

The easiest access to University Parks by wheelchair users is at the North Lodge entrance, although access for wheelchair users is good through most other gates. There are RADAR locks on the gates adjoining the cycle track to the rear of South Lodge and at Music Meadow. There is no wheelchair access through the Cox’s Corner gate. Access through the Lady Margaret Hall gate is restricted as a cycle restrictor fitted there makes access by wheelchair difficult.

By bus

Several local bus routes service the main roads running close to University Parks. For specific information about routes and timetables, please visit Oxfordshire County Council’s public transport pages.  The nearest bus stops to University Parks include:

  • Keble Road, on Banbury Road (opposite St Giles’ Church)
  • Parks Road 
  • Bevington Road (near the North Lodge Gate entrance)

From Headington the most direct route to the Parks is to alight at the Examination Schools/Queen’s Lane stop in the High Street and walk up Long Wall and St Cross Road into the Parks via South Lodge.

From Marston, alight at the William Street stop and walk down Edgeway Road and take the public footpath to High Bridge which leads directly into the Parks.

If arriving on a London bus, alight at Queen’s Lane in the High Street and walk up Long Wall and St Cross Road into University Parks via South Lodge.

If travelling to the city from other directions alight at Gloucester Green Bus station. Walk up St Giles’ and fork to the right onto the Banbury Road, then turn right onto Keble Road and follow the road down to University Parks.

By rail

For rail travel information to and from the city of Oxford, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website, or ring 03457 484950.

Walking to the Parks from the railway station takes approximately 20 minutes (brisk walking). Alternatively, taxis are available to hire from the front of the railway station.

By car

Public car parking spaces are limited in the centre of Oxford but the city is serviced by several Park and Ride facilities.

Near the Parks there are two-hour parking spaces in Keble Road, Norham Gardens and Fyfield Road (subject to availability).

By bicycle

Bicycles are not allowed inside the Parks’ gates. This is to ensure that the paths are safe for everyone to use.

Bicycle racks are set into the pavement at the end of Keble Road. There are also cycle racks near the Genetic Garden entrance, in the Gene Function Building’s covered walkway into the Parks. Please ensure you lock your bike securely; the use of a D-Lock is recommended.

All Oxford University Security Officers and University Parks staff have the authority to cycle through the Parks. This is to enable them to carry out their duties.

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