Parks in Oxford - Bury Knowle Park

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Bury Knowle Park


Bury Knowle is one of Oxford's most beautiful parks and the historic Bury Knowle House and its parkland setting provides a picturesque back-drop for picnics and events.

The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award that was awarded again in 2015. Awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, the Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. It is a mens of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Travel and Parking

The park is located off London Road, Headington.

By Bus: Both 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 by is accessible 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.


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 2nd April 1932 and is approximately 7 hectares.
Some of the features and trees in the park such as the Ha Ha 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 art sculpture in the park 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


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. 





Sporting and Activity Opportunities


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

The Friends of Bury Knowle Park are very active and support us in improving the park for everyone. If you would like to join please