Parks in Oxford - Bury Knowle Park

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Park

Bury Knowle Park

Overview

Bury Knowle is one of Oxford's most beautiful parks. The historic Bury Knowle House and its parkland setting provides a picturesque backdrop for picnics and events. The Narnia-themed sculptures and play area add extra magic to this well-loved green space.

The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy. It is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Location map

Travel and Parking

The park is located off London Road, Headington.

By Bus: Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach and Ariva stop at Headington, a short walk from the park. Buses to and from London and the airports also pick up and drop off in the same area.

By cycle: Cycling in the park is not permitted but the park is accessible by bicycle from local roads.

By car: There is limited free parking in the car park off Old High Street. Alternative parking can be found near Waitrose. Charges do apply.

Opening Times

The park is open all day, every day.

History

Oxford City Council purchased Bury Knowle House and its extensive grounds in 1930 from Henry Beaufoy, the owner of Henry Beaufoy & Co. Vinegar Manufacturers of Lambeth.

The park was opened to the public on 2 April 1932 and is approximately 7 hectares. Some of the features and trees in the park such as the Ha Ha tree and the large Chestnut near the play area may date from the original landscaping.

Bury Knowle Park is home to a number of sculptures including an artistic sculpture known as The Wheel of Hope and ‘The Story Book Tree’, which was based on stories by C.S.Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, a book releases a horse, a lion and a dragon which sparks children’s interest and imagination.

Bury Knowle House has been home to the local library since 1934.

Things to do

The park offers a wide range of activities including:

  • Headington Library
  • Narnia inspired children's play area
  • tennis courts
  • sensory garden 
  • the wheel of hope sculpture and Storybook tree
  • sand pits
  • pirate play feature
  • range of swings
  • zipwire
  • climbing rocks and timber frames
  • basketball
  • table Tennis
  • carved seating and picnic tables including new Aslan carving
  • wildflower areas and floral displays

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

Tennis

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 game. 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. If you do not have an internet-enabled phone you can also check availability and pay at the kiosk in the park.

Oxford Tennis League - play friendly competitive matches. There are four 8-week rounds a year and adults of all standards are welcome to join.

Free Jogging Group

Silver Joggers

  • Ideal for 50+ but open to all
  • Thursdays 9.30-10.30am for beginners
  • Thursdays 10.30-11.30am for advanced
  • Meet London Rd entrance
  • Sessions are free

Health Walks

  • Fridays 10-11am
  • Meet outside Headington library
  • Sessions are free
Friends Group

Friends of Bury Knowle 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 Bury Knowle Park website.

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

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Bury Knowle Park

Bury Knowle Park zip line

Bury Knowle Park tennis courts

Bury Knowle Park owl bench

Contact

Contact the Parks Team:

Email us: [email protected]