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Leisure and Parks

Hinksey Park

Hinksey Park play area

Just a short 15 minute walk or cycle ride, from the centre of Oxford, off Abingdon Road, Hinksey Park is a wonderful green and watery haven for people and wildlife.

It's avenues of Giant Redwood and Pine trees, create a unique space and picturesque venue for picnics, play, sport and relaxation.
The park is open all day everyday. Car parking charges do apply, see our Car Park Charges page for details.


The park was laid out in the 1930s on the site of the former Oxford Waterworks.


What can I do there?

The park caters for a range of water-based activities including:

  • swimming (April - September)
  • 'splash' feature (May - September). Free to use.
  • model-boating
  • sculling
  • scuba-diving
  • fishing - rod licence required but no permit required

Other activities available:



Book Tennis Courts Online

It is now easy to book tennis courts online before you come to the park. This is a great way to make sure one will be free for your match. You can book in minutes from your mobile, tablet or computer.

If you forget to book before you arrive at the park, the easiest option is to quickly use your mobile phone to reserve one of the available courts.

Adult competition

Play friendly competitive matches in the Oxford Tennis League.

There are four 8-week rounds a year and men & women (18+) of all standards are very welcome to join.

Try Tennis Coaching

Tennis coaching for all ages and abilities is also available all week at Bury Knowle Park for as little as £5 a session! Check the tennis coaching schedule to see which sessions suit you or your family, and book your space.

Find our more on our Tennis page.



The park is also important as a wildlife habitat. The lake and its surrounds support colonies of:

  • amphibians
  • small mammals
  • bats
  • water-fowl
  • seabirds
  • fresh water sponges

For more information download the leaflet below:

PDF icon Hinksey Park leaflet (221kB PDF)


Swans at Hinksey Park

Walks and health walks

The park is an ideal starting point for a walk into the countryside and offers access to:

  • South Hinksey
  • Chiswell Valley
  • Boars Hill
  • A network of new paths within the ring road

Whether you are a keen walker or you are considering starting some gentle exercise, why not join our walk leaders on a lead walk in the city.

Health Walks 
Wednesdays, 10 - 11am, Free
Hinksey Park - meet in car park

Clubs that use the park

Green Flag Award logo

Green Flag Award Winner

Hinksey Park was recently awarded a Green Flag Award from the Keep Britain Tidy scheme. The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.  The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Management Plan

We have produced a Management Plan for the park that outlines how we will manage it over the next 10 years. If you have any comments on the plan, please contact us.

PDF icon Hinksey Park Management Plan (PDF)

Get involved

Would you like to have a say in how the park is run? Visit our Friends of Parks page to find out how to get involved.

Page last updated 30 July 2015

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