Parks in Oxford - South Park

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South Park


South Park occupies 50 acres of open space, with magnificent views overlooking Oxford.

It is open all day, every day and is 5 minutes walk from Cowley Road in East Oxford.

Travel and Parking

There is free parking available along Morrell Avenue, Cheney Lane and Warneford Lane. The nearest car parks are a short walk away at St Clement's and Union Street.

Opening Times

The park is open all day, every day.


The park was handed to the Council in 1951 with a covenant preserving it as an open space for the benefit of the public.

Things to do

The park offers something for everyone, young or old:

  • visit the children's play area and zip wire 
  • use the fitness trail
  • run or walk the 321 route
  • have a picnic
  • catch a Balloon flight with Adventure Balloons (April and October)
  • enjoy the views over Oxford and the 'dreaming spires'
  • walk to Headington Hill Park 
  • play table tennis



It is currently not possible to fly model aircraft or drones (both with and without camera for filming purposes) within  Oxford City Council’s public open spaces, including parks and nature reserves.

As these spaces are open to the public and experience high visitor numbers throughout the year, flying model aircraft and drones are not permitted for safety reasons.

Your views and the future of the park

We are continually working to improve the park and your views and suggestions help us to do this. 


Becoming a volunteer is a fantastic way to meet new people, develop new skills and gain experience. Check out our dedicated volunteering page for all our opportunities. 

Sporting and Activity Opportunities

There is lots to do if you are looking for something energetic:

Fit Trail

Get fit outdoors with the Fit Trail. This spans across both South Park and Headington Hill Park with many stations for an all over workout.

3,2,1 jogging route

If you are looking for a jogging route our marked jogging route will point you in the right direction.



British Military Fitness run bootcamp sessions from South Park (Upper end). Visit their website for information



Foodies Festival 2-4th Sept 2017

Pretty Muddy Sun 18th Sept

The park is a popular location for other events, including;
- Annual fireworks display in November
- Common People Festival (May Bank holiday)
- Foodies Festival
- Film locations
- Fairs
- Circus
- Music concerts

Friends Group

Do you visit regularly? Would you like to help improve the park?
By becoming a member of the friends group
you could:
- make a positive contribution to your local area
- have a say in the park's facilities
- improve the local conservation value
- get exercise, improve your health and wellbeing.
To find out more about the Friends of South Park visit their website

Friends groups are independent, but work in partnership with the Council