Visitor Information for the Public

The Science Oxford Centre is open for Family Days every Saturday as well as special events in the holidays.  We also run a regular programme of Creative Computing and Saturday Science clubs at the Centre.

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The health and well-being of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. Please note – masks / face coverings are now required for visitors inside the Centre (age 11+). We are following Government recommendations to minimise the risk of person-to-person transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we have put measures in place to ensure you can enjoy your time at the Science Oxford Centre safely. You will find this information on our booking pages. You can also view 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 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.

For information on our terms and conditions visit here.

Getting here

Walking and cycling

Oxford is a city of cyclists so why not jump on your bike and cycle up to site! We have plenty of cycle parking.

By Car

Parking is only available on-site at the Science Oxford Centre for weekend events. Note: For weekday events, there is only disabled parking 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:

Mason’s Road and Titup Hill Drive (5 min walk.)

Windmill Road (10–15 min walk)

Old Road/Girdlestone Road (12 min walk).

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


The Science Oxford Centre is designed to be accessible to anyone with disability and mobility needs or other special requirements. To discuss your requirements please email [email protected] 

Assistance dogs are welcome.

*Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed on site. No other dogs are permitted to enter the woodland or buildings at any time.


Visit the Skogen Cafe at the Centre when attending public events on Saturdays – open between 10am and 4pm for refreshments, snacks and light lunches and their famous cinnamon buns!


1. Woodland: Can we visit the woodland before/after our 2 hour timeslot? 

Yes – you can stay longer in the woodland or visit before your session. The woodland is open from 10am-5pm.

Woodland accessibility: There are paths outside the centre leading to the ponds where there is some decking, however the trails around the wider area of woodland are not not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

2. Can we bring our own food and drink?

Families can bring picnics to eat on our outdoor tables or picnic on the grass.

3. Can I park on site?

Parking is only available on-site at weekends. There is also limited 2-hour (and 3-hour) free parking available on Quarry Road.

4. Do you have disabled parking?

Yes – we have spaces available. If coming on a weekday please book ahead by calling 01865 810000 or email [email protected]

5. Do you have a café?

Visit the Skogen Cafe at the Centre when attending public events on Saturdays – open between 10am and 4pm for refreshments, snacks and light lunches and their famous cinnamon buns.

6. I have a child under 3 do they need a ticket?

Yes, under-3s are included in our capacity limits. Please select the free under-3 ticket at checkout.

7. Do adults need a ticket?

Yes, everyone who visits requires a ticket.

8. Do children need to be accompanied by an adult?

Yes, children must be accompanied by at least one adult at all times.

9. Do you run autism friendly sessions?

We don’t currently run specific autism friendly sessions, but please get in touch in advance to discuss any special requirements – email [email protected] 

10. What happens if I miss my slot, or can I just turn up on the day?

Under current circumstances if you miss your timeslot, we cannot accommodate you as we are running at reduced capacity for each session. All tickets need to be booked in advance.

You can always call us on the day on 01865 810 000 or email [email protected]

11. Do you do birthday parties?

We are currently trialling birthday party packages at the Science Oxford Centre. If you would like to enquire about these, please email us via [email protected]

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