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About Oxford Town Hall

About Oxford Town Hall

History of the Town Hall

Opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 12 May 1897, Oxford Town Hall is a Victorian Grade II* listed building which hosts over 2,000 events throughout the year. It is located right in the heart of Oxford and is the home to the Museum of Oxford and the Town Hall Café and the administrative base of Oxford City Council. The Town Hall has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones and David Bowie take to its stage and Nelson Mandela accept his Freedom of the City Award.

To this day, the building maintains its relevance and significance being the venue of choice for many brides and grooms and prestigious events. In addition, it is a popular film location and can be seen in scenes of Inspector Morse, A Fish Called Wanda and The Riot Club. Indeed, Oxford Town Hall has had many uses since its construction. It was a police station, with cells still intact beneath the Court Room and during the First World War it was used as a hospital.


The main entrance to the Town Hall is in St Aldate’s. Eight steps lead up to the entrance foyer.
There is a level entrance approximately 28 metres to the north (towards Carfax) along St Aldate’s. The outer glass door at this entrance opens automatically to allow access to an inner entrance. CCTV linked to the Town Hall reception desk monitors this inner door. To the left of the inner glass door is a call button that will attract the receptionist’s attention to allow access to the Town Hall ground floor.

Lift Information

The lift can accommodate electric scooters. The lift entrance is 80cm wide with internal dimensions of 1.3m x 2.8m.
The following rooms are accessible without assistance:-

  • Main Hall
  • St Aldate’s Room
  • Assembly Room
  • Panel Room
  • Old Library
  • Plowman Room
  • Council Chamber
  • Lord Mayor’s Parlour

Toilet Facilities

The Town Hall has three wheelchair accessible toilets. They are located:

  1. On the ground floor near the other public toilets opposite the Museum shop
  2. In the council corridor opposite the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.
  3. At the rear of the Main Hall. Access to this toilet is available from both the Main Hall and the first floor landing. When the double doors from the landing are closed, persons with mobility difficulties may have to obtain assistance when using this route.

All toilets have an emergency pull cord and buzzer to attract staff.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact the Town Hall team: 

Telephone: 01865 252195