Oxford Covered Market

Introduction to the Market

Oxford's world-famous Covered Market is home to around 60 specialist independent traders. It provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, and food and drink.

For information about the Covered Market's location, opening times or traders, please visit the Oxford Covered Market website.

Become a trader

If you are interested in becoming a trader in the Covered Market, please visit the 'become a trader' section on the Oxford Covered Market website.

History and heritage

In 1772 the original market committee accepted an estimate for nine hundred and sixteen pounds and ten shillings for the building of 20 butchers' shops. John Gwynn, the architect for Magdalen Bridge drew up the plans and designed the High Street frontage. The market was officially opened in 1774.

For more information, read the Covered Market Heritage Statement.

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An interior picture of the Covered Market. The picture shows butchers and a flower shop in the background, a red postbox in the foreground, and a sculpture of the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland hanging beneath the market's pink vaulted ceiling.