Visitor Information

The Science Oxford Centre is open for public visits every other Saturday.

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There are limited places, so booking in advance is essential.

Prices

A visit to the Science Oxford Centre lasts for 2 hours and ticket price includes the Exploration Zone and a self-guided woodland walk.

  • £6 per person + online booking fee.
  • £20 for a group ticket (up to 4 people, must include at least one adult) + online booking fee.

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 and there’s a FREE Science Oxford bike seat cover for all cyclists.

Buses

PickMeUp is an on-demand ride-sharing minibus service which uses virtual bus stops within a short walkable distance from where you are, if you live within the catchment area. The Science Oxford Centre is on the bus route (ask for the Stansfeld Park stop) and you’ll be dropped off near the drive to the site. More information can be found here.

Nearest scheduled service bus stops:

Mason’s Road and Titup Hill Drive (5/6 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 (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 & Ride – 900 bus runs every 30 minutes to Windmill Road (Headington shops end) then either a 15 min walk or 9 minutes by bike.  The Pick Me Up service also covers this location.

Water Eaton Park & Ride – 700 bus runs every 30 minutes to Windmill Road

By Car

Parking is available on site during evenings and at weekends but is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is also limited 2-hour (and 3-hour) free parking available on Quarry Road. Where possible we recommend that you walk, cycle or use public transport.

If visiting on a weekday open day, unfortunately it is not possible to park on our site as the spaces are reserved for the offices.

Weekend and evening disabled parking does not require booking. For more information or if you require weekday daytime disabled parking, please call 01865 810000.

Our address is Science Oxford Centre, Stansfeld Park, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8SB

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

Accessibility

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.

Food and drink

Families can bring picnics to eat in the under-cover seated area.

Black Lemon cafe on site is open daily during the week and selected dates for Family Open Days. Opening times: 10am-4pm serving sandwiches, cakes and refreshments. The café is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

For information on our terms and conditions visit here.

FAQs

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

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

Please note: Due to the nights becoming darker earlier over the autumn/winter months, last access to the woodland is at 4pm. If you are attending the 3-5pm family open day session, we advise that you arrive early (for example 2.30pm) to visit the woodland before you head into the Exploration Zone.

2. Can we bring our own food and drink?

You can bring a picnic and sit in our picnic area or café overlooking the woodlands, but please don’t take food into the woods (as it is a protected area), or feed the ducks, as it is not good for them – even if they suggest otherwise.

3. Can I park on site?

If visiting on a weekend family day – yes you can. We have limited space, so first come first served.

If visiting on a weekday open day, unfortunately it is not possible to park on our site as the spaces are reserved for the offices.

There are however, 2 and 3 hour bays on Quarry Road and in Wood Farm, just a short walk away. See our Getting here section (above) for alternative options – or love the planet and cycle!

4. Do you have disabled parking?

Yes – we have 4 spaces available. If coming on a weekday please book ahead by calling 01865 810000 or email [email protected]

5. Do you have a café?

Yes, we do – it is open 10am to 4pm and serves a selection of sandwiches, cakes and drinks. The café is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

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

No, under 3s are free, they do not require a ticket.

7. Do adults need a ticket?

Yes, everyone who visits requires a ticket (apart from under 3s).

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?

If you miss your timeslot, we will try our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.

It is possible to turn up on the day, but there is no guarantee we will have space. We strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

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