Visitor Information for the Public
The Science Oxford Centre is open for Family Days every Saturday as well as our regular programme of Creative Computing Clubs, Saturday Science Clubs and Nature Labs, running on Saturdays and during the holidays. Please see What’s On for events and activities at the Centre.
All tickets to the Science Oxford Centre include self-guided access to the woodland and outdoor areas including the Water Lab and Explorer Backpacks from 10am–5pm.
The health and well-being of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. Please note – face coverings are suggested for visitors inside the Centre (age 11+).
We are following recommendations to minimise the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission and we have measures in place to ensure you can safely enjoy your time at the Science Oxford Centre. You will find this information on our booking pages and our COVID-19 Risk Assessment For Public.
Our address is: Science Oxford Centre, Quarry Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8SB
A visit to the Science Oxford Centre ticket price includes 2-hours in the Exploration Zone and self-guided access to the woodland, outdoor Water Lab and Explorer Backpacks from 10am–5pm.
- £6 per person + online booking fee.
- £20 for a group ticket (up to 4 people, must include at least one adult) + online booking fee. Under 3s free.
We recommend a change of clothes for the Water Lab. For information on our terms and conditions visit here.
We are based in Headington, Oxford which is outside the city centre (15 mins by car or taxi). If you are taking public transport, you will need to travel by bus or taxi from the Park and Ride bus stops or Oxford / Oxford Parkway train stations. Transport details below and please check out your route via Google directions before you set off.
Walk or cycle
Oxford is a city of cyclists so why not jump on your bike and cycle to us! We have plenty of cycle parking available on site.
Parking is only available at the Science Oxford Centre on weekends, on a first-come, first-serve basis. For weekday events, only disabled parking is available on site.
There is alternative parking in the area, including limited 2-hour and 3-hour free parking available on Quarry Road.
Nearest scheduled service bus stops:
Nearest stop: 10 Bus Service – Mason’s Road and Titup Hill Drive (5 -10 min walk from the stop next to Wood Farm School to our Centre.) Timetable and route Oxford City Centre, Cowley, Wood Farm, JR Hospital (40+ mins bus ride to/from city centre)
Windmill Road (10–15 min walk)
Old Road/Girdlestone Road (12 min walk).
These are serviced by buses coming in all directions, including Thornhill Park and Ride (400 and 900); Oxford Airport, Oxford Parkway Train Station, Water Eaton Park & Ride, Summertown and Marston (700); Abingdon, Cumnor, Botley, Oxford Train Station and Oxford city centre (4/4A); Cowley and Temple Cowley (10 or U5) and the ST1 (which stops at Windmill Rd).
The Science Oxford Centre is in The Oxford Bus Company’s City Zone and Oxford Smart Zone.
Park & Ride
Thornhill Park and ride 400 (to Headington shops) and 900 (to Headington shops and Windmill Road) run every 30 minutes then either a 15 min walk or 9 minutes by bike.
Water Eaton Park & Ride – 700 bus runs every 30 minutes to Windmill Road
Our skilled staff ensure that every child can access the activities and differentiate to engage all children. If your child has specific additional needs which you would like to discuss with us, or you would like to reserve a disabled parking space, please get in touch via [email protected].
Our building is fully wheelchair accessible.
Please note there is an approximately 3-5 minute walk up our entrance driveway that is steep in parts. Cars may pass by so please keep to the side.
Science Oxford is committed to inclusion, and we recognise that cost is sometimes a barrier, so funded places are available for families who need them. To find out more and to book one of these places, please contact [email protected]
Assistance dogs are welcome. (Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed on site. No other dogs are permitted on site at any time.)
The café is currently closed on Saturdays. We apologise for the inconvenience. We recommend visitors bring a snacks or a picnic and refreshments and are welcome to use our lunch tables indoors or outdoors.
- Can we visit the woodland and outdoor areas before/after our specified time slot?
Yes – The woodland and outdoor areas are open from 10am-5pm, and it is only the indoor activity rooms that have time-restricted access (ie 2-hours in the Exploration Zone for Family Day visitors, or 90-minutes in the Classroom for Club visitors). You can visit the outdoor areas before and/or after your indoor session.
- Can I go into the woodlands with my wheelchair/pushchair?
There are two outdoor paths leading out from centre, one to the ponds and the other to the woodland. These paths are quite rocky but can be accessed via wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is decking around the pond area and visitors can easily reach the woodland amphitheatre, however the trails reaching deeper into the woodland are not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.
- Can we bring our own food and drink?
Yes – Families can bring food and drink to enjoy at our indoor or outdoor lunch tables, or to picnic on the grass (please take all rubbish with you or place it in a bin when you leave).
- Can I park on site?
Parking is only available on-site at weekends, on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is also limited 2-hour (and 3-hour) free parking available on Quarry Road.
- Do you have disabled parking?
Yes. If coming on a weekday, please book ahead by calling 01865 810000 or emailing [email protected]
- Do you have a café?
No, currently the café is closed. We apologise for the inconvenience.
- I have a child under 3 do they need a ticket?
For Family Days – Yes, all visitors require a ticket, and under-3s are included in our capacity limits. Please select the free ‘Under-3 Ticket’ at checkout.
For Clubs – Clubs are not generally suitable for Under 3s, but please also check the event information and get in touch via [email protected] if childcare is an issue.
- Do adults need a ticket?
For Family Days, all adults need their own ticket.
For Clubs, adults are included in the cost of the club ticket.
- Do children need to be accompanied by an adult?
Yes, children must always be accompanied by at least one adult. We occasionally run unaccompanied club activities during the holidays, but please check the event information for details.
- Do you run autism friendly sessions?
We currently offer quarterly ‘Sensory-friendly Family Days’, which offer a reduced capacity and calmer visiting environment for those who would benefit. Please check our What’s On page for upcoming events. Save the date: Saturdays 9th July and 1st October 2022.
- What happens if I miss my slot, or can I just turn up on the day?
If you miss your timeslot, we cannot necessarily accommodate you in a later session, as we have specific capacities for all events. All tickets need to be booked in advance.
If urgent, you can call us on the day on 01865 810 000 or email us at [email protected]
- Do you offer group visits?
To enquire about group visits (or birthday group bookings) to the Science Oxford Centre, please email us at [email protected]