University Parks

University Parks

Date of Adventure: 25 Jul, 2023

To have such a green expanse of 70 acres right in the middle of the city feels really special – it’s like Oxford’s version of Central Park!

Immerse yourself in nature and let the children run wild climbing trees or tearing across the lawns. The ponds are worth a visit too: lots of swans swimming with their cygnets as well as ducks and geese. The Swift Tower is fascinating, a beautiful sculpture providing nesting space for swifts – many of which return to the same nesting site every year. Keep your eyes peeled in May when they return from their winter migration in Africa.

Walkers, joggers, parents with buggies, children, students and international visitors – you will hear a plethora of languages and accents as you walk around; a tribute to our diverse city.

Visit any time of the year for and enjoy some peace far from the madding crowd.



Open 7.45am - 30 minutes before dusk
No booking required
Crepe café at the Parks Rd entrance
Accessible for all
10 minutes from Headington roundabout
Any bus to town then a short walk
Paid for parking in surrounding streets but this is expensive. Park in Marston and take the mile long Mesopotamia walk to University Parks from the end of Ferry Road or follow the Marston Cyclepath.
The details


South Parks Road, OX1 3RF.

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Did you


The landscape architects that designed the new Sutton Courtenay Playground also designed the new Blenheim Palace Adventure Playground!

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