Exploring Headington, Oxfordshire


Throughout this series I will be visiting the towns and villages throughout Oxfordshire.

Helping you to find inspiration for fab days out across the county.

In this post I will show you why exploring Headington is a great way to spend some time during your visit to Oxford.

Exploring Headington

London Road

Headington is a suburb of Oxford, located at the top of Headington Hill overlooking the city below. It has a large and growing population, in the centre of Headington are a number of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. 

The area also includes the main campus of Oxford Brookes University, Ruskin College and the city’s main hospitals, (the John Radcliffe, Nuffield Orthopaedic and Churchill.)

Exploring Headington

London Road

The area’s most famous modern landmark is The Headington Shark, made by John Buckley for local broadcaster Bill Heine in 1986 and is definitely worth a quick visit if you’re exploring Headington.

Exploring Headington

The Headington Shark

Headington Hill Hall was built in 1824 for the locally famous Morrell Family who owned it for over 100 years, it was later owned by Robert Maxwell (founder of Pergamon Press) who turned it into a family home and ran his publishing business from the former stable buildings.

It is now owned by Oxford Brookes University and used by the School of Law.

Exploring Headington

Headington Hill Bridge

Exploring Headington

Headington Hill Hall

Headington has a number of green spaces including Headington Hill and Bury Knowle which is often used for Summer festivals and events.

Exploring Headington

Headington Hill Park

Exploring Headington

Bury Knowle Park

One of the most famous residents was J. R. R. Tolkien, (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) who lived in the Old Headington area from 1953 until 1968.

Exploring Headington

Cuckoo Lane

Exploring Headington

St. Andrew’s Church

C. S. Lewis actually lived at The Kilns which is in the neighbouring Risinghurst area – he is however buried at Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.

Exploring Headington

Holy Trinity Church

Exploring Headington

Headington Quarry Foundation Stage School

Exploring Headington

Rock Edge Nature Reserve

Still exploring Headington? then keep reading for some more info and ideas.

Basic Information

Getting There:

From Oxford City Centre: 8/9 bus from St. Aldates (currently a temporary bus stop) takes roughly 20 minutes if you want to go to Headington Hill Hall and then walk. It also stops at Oxford Brookes and the main shopping area so you do have options. £3.50 return (correct at time of posting)

From London: The Oxford Tube coach picks up at multiple places and drops off at Headington Shops after a journey of around 2hours. £18.00 return (correct at time of posting)

Where to Eat

Asian Mama for delicious Chinese food.

Queens Bakery for yummy cakes and treats.

Buongiorno e Buonasera for tasty pizzas.

What to Do

Rock Solid Cimbing Wall

Ex(c)iting Game


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