Directions and opening times for the Oxfordshire History Centre

Directions, opening times and key safety changes.

Oxfordshire History Centre will be closed from 5 November

We are provisionally accepting visitor bookings for 3 December onwards. 

Key changes

When you visit there will be some changes:

  • Opening hours are limited to one morning and one afternoon session.
  • Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays.
  • All visitors must book a session in advance.
  • There will be a limited number of places available in each session.
  • The centre will be closed between 12.30 and 1.30 pm for extra cleaning.
  • All material/documents must be ordered and agreed in advance - there will be no casual requests.
  • All access will be via the entrance to the car park on Temple Road. No access via the pedestrian gate on Oxford Road.

You must wear a face covering during your visit (unless exempt for health reasons). We will use your name and contact details to assist the NHS with Track and Trace.

Read our Visitor Information for full details of changes.

To book, please visit our Book a Seat page.

How to find us

The centre is based in Cowley, about three miles from the centre of Oxford and just off the eastern ring road. There is limited free parking.

Oxfordshire History Centre
St Luke's Church
Temple Road

Google map directions

Buses run every few minutes from:

Oxford city centre:
5 (Oxford Bus Company);
1 and 10 (Stagecoach),

Oxford railway station:
5 (Oxford Bus Company)
1 (Stagecoach)

Updated opening hours

All visitors must Book a Seat before visiting. There will be two sessions per day with a maximum of four places in each session.

Day Time of sessions
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm (alternate weeks only)
Sunday Closed

We are closed on bank holidays and bank holiday weekends.


We will be opening on the following dates:

  • 12 December

Reception café

Our café facilities are currently unavailable, and it's not possible to use the reception area to eat your own lunch.