Parks in Oxford - South Park

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Park

South Park

Overview

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.

Location map

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.

History

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 hot air 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

Drones

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.
 

Activities

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.

Bootcamps

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

Friends Group

Friends of South 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 visit the Friends of South Park website.

Friends groups are independent, but work in partnership with us.

Contact

Contact the Parks Team:

Email us: [email protected]