Oxford Covered Market

Covered market

Christmas and New Year opening hours

The Covered Market will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

All other days will be normal trading hours - Monday to Saturday, 8am - 5pm and Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Oxford's world-famous covered market is home to numerous traders selling a captivating variety of goods. Fresh fruit, vegetables, breads and cakes, meats, cheeses, seafood, fine foods, flowers, leather goods, shoes, watches and jewellery, clothing, gifts, hats and so much more are on offer - the mix is electrifying.

When taking a break from browsing the goods there's a mouth-watering choice of places to eat and drink to choose from. Whatever you are tempted with - a ciabatta, a cappuccino or a cake - you will always find something to satisfy in Oxford's Covered Market.

Location and Opening Hours

The Market is located off the High Street in the centre of the city. Location Map.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday- 8am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday - 10am to 4pm
  • Bank Holidays - Closed

Getting to the Covered Market

For quick and easy access to the city centre you should use one of Oxford's 5 Park and Ride sites across the city. Visit the Park and Ride pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website for details of fares and locations of the sites.

More information on car parking in Oxford

Facilities

There are toilet facilities located in Market Street, just outside the North entrance to the Covered Market.

No dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed in the Covered Market.

History

The market was officially opened in 1774 and has a unique and wonderful atmosphere. It provides its visitors with the wonderful aromas of fresh fruit, coffee and fresh baking and to a feast of sights and sounds.

In 1772 the original Market committee accepted an estimate for nine hundred and sixteen pounds and ten shillings for the building of twenty butchers' shops. John Gwynn, the architect for Magdalen Bridge drew up the plans and designed the High Street frontage. Twenty more shops soon followed and from this the market grew into the delight it is now.

Covered Market Heritage Statement