Departure Point - Oxford
Oxford Tours normally depart from Broad Street, unless otherwise arranged. The meeting point is outside of Mortons Coffee Shop/Blackwells Music Shop near the corner of Turl Street and Broad Street. This is directly across the street from Balliol College. Large groups arriving on coaches may prefer to use a more convenient departure point for that form of transportation (see the ‘Arriving by hired coach’ section below).
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Arriving by car:
Oxford is a medieval city, and as such its streets can be difficult to navigate in modern cars! We highly recommend taking advantage of the numerous Park & Ride facilities around Oxford. There are five such facilities surrounding the city at every key entrance road: Pear Tree, Redbridge, Thornhill, Seacourt and Water Eaton. There are egular buses running into the city centre from each facility; these buses will drop you off at convenient locations for the departure point (see ‘Arriving by public bus’ below).
If you would prefer to park in town, there are several possibilities. The city boasts a variety parking sites. The largest, and the most likely to have space, is the Westgate multi-story parking lot off of Thames Street. This is best reached if you approach the city from the South on Abingdon Road (A4144 off of the ring road), which becomes Thames Street. The parking lot is clearly marked and several signs should point the way. Once parked, exit through the Westgate Shopping Centre, emerging onto New Road/Queen Street (Bonn Square). Turn right and walk down Queen Street until the intersection with Cornmarket. Turn left onto Cornmarket and continue to the end of the road (where it meets Broad Street – there is a Waterstones at the corner). Turn right onto Broad street and continue until you find Mortons shop on your right (it is just before Broad meets Turl Street). Alternatively, you can find several other parking possibilities on this map (http://www.oxford.gov.uk/Direct/78175CarParkMap.pdf).
Arriving by train:
The Oxford Railway Station is around half a mile from the city centre. Public transportation–buses and taxis–into town is plentiful, though you may find it easier to walk. From the station, turn left by the Saïd Business School on Park End Street. Continue on the street as it becomes Hythe Bridge Street. At the intersection with Worcester Street, cross the street and continue on George Street. George Street will become Broad Street at the intersection with Magdalen Street. Continue straight onto Broad and you will find the departure point on the right side of the road just before Turl Street.
Arriving by local public bus:
Local buses stop at a variety of points in the city centre.
If you are approaching the city centre from the north (including Pear Tree and Water Eaton Park & Ride): alight at the Magdalen Street stop. At the end of the street you should see Boswell’s (approximately 20-30m away); walk towards Boswell’s. Turn left onto Broad Street and the departure point is on the right side of the street just before Turl Street.
If you are approaching the city centre from the south: Alight at the bus’s St Aldate’s Road stop. From there, walk towards the city centre, up-hill, on St Aldate’s (this should be clearly marked by signs). When St Aldate’s meets the High Street, cross the street and continue on Cornmarket Street. At the end of Cornmarket, turn right onto Broad Street (there is a Waterstones book store at that corner). Continue on Broad and the departure point is on the right side of the street just before Turl Street. If coming from the Redbridge Park & Ride: alight at the Magdalen Street stop (outside of Tesco’s and the Odeon). Turn left off of the bus and walk to the end of the street. Turn left onto Broad street and follow the above instructions.
If you are approaching the city centre from the west (including Seacourt Park & Ride): alight on New Road (Bonn Square if not on the Park & Ride 400). Turn right off the bus and continue onto Queen Street. At the intersection of Queen and Cornmarket/St Aldate’s, turn left onto Cornmarket. Continue to the end of the road, turning right onto Broad Street (there is a Waterstones store at the corner). Walk down Broad Street and the departure point is on the right side of the street just before Turl Street.
If you are approaching the city centre from the east (including Thornhill Park & Ride): alight on the High Street (the exact point depends on the bus route). Turn right out of the bus and continue to the end of the road (where High veers left and becomes St Aldate’s). Turn right onto Cornmarket Street. Continue to the end of the road, turning right onto Broad Street (there is a Waterstones store at the corner). Walk down Broad Street and the departure point is on the right side of the street just before Turl Street.
Arriving by coach:
Almost all coaches into Oxford will make their final stop at Gloucester Green Coach Station or thereabouts (some drop their passengers close to the station on George Street). Leave the station towards George Street. Turn left on George Street and continue down the road until it becomes Broad Street after the intersection with Magdalen Street. Continue straight down Broad Street and the departure point is on the right side of the street just before Turl Street.
Arriving by hired coach:
The most convenient drop-off point for large private coaches is Beaumont Street, outside of the Randolph Hotel. This point is directly across the street from the Ashmolean Museum. Our guides will meet groups using this form of transportation at that point. We can put you in touch with local coach companies if you require transport.