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Sports and leisure activities in Oxford

Boats beside Magdalen Bridge

The following constitutes just some of the sporting and leisure activities, in and around Oxford. Prices are correct as of October 2010.



Boat hire

Magdalen Bridge Boat House, High Street

£10 per hour

Cherwell Boat House, Bardwell Road

£8 per hour weekdays

£10 per hour weekends




North Oxford Golf Club, Banbury Road, 01865 554415

18-hole golf course set in 80 acres of beautiful parkland. Golf equipment available for rent.

No golf carts for hire. 18-holes £25 midweek, £30 weekend. Take bus #7 from the city centre or Summertown towards Kidlington.

Oxford Golf, Hinksey Heights, Hinksey, 01865 327775

9-hole par 3 course, as well as a championship 18-hole course. 18-holes £18 midweek, £23 weekend. 9-hole £13 midweek, £15 weekend. Par-3 £5 midweek, £6 weekend. Buggy and trolley rentals available.

Southfield Golf Club, Hill Top Road, 01865 242158

18-holes £30 midweek, closed to non members on weekends.



Ice skating

Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, 01865 467000

Open most days from 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, 5:45-7:15, 8-10:30pm. Admission £5.60/£4.40 for skaters, £1.00 for a non-skating guardian. It’s a good idea to call in advance to check the public sessions times, as they can vary. Saturday 2-4 pm session can be quite busy.


Bicycle hire

Biking is a great way to get around Oxford, as the city is virtually flat. It is also very cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Be aware to keep your bike locked up when you are not on it.

Bainton Bikes, 6 Bainton Road, North Oxford, 01865 365658

Bike Hire, tours and repairs.

Cyclo-Analysts, 150 Cowley Road, 01865 246061

Rent a bike for £10 for one day, £15 for two days, £16 for three days, £20 for a week.



University park

Parks Road, City Centre, open from 8am until dusk. Free entry.

The park consists of about 70 acres of land on the banks of the Cherwell River. Great for walking, jogging, lounging around, picnics or kicking a ball around.



Greyhound racing

Oxford Greyhound Stadium, Sandy Lane, Oxford, 0870 840 8903

General Admission £5, including racecard. Children under 16 £1.

Bet on the races at the Oxford Greyhound Stadium. To get there by bus, Queens Lane in the City Centre, bus number 5 to Balfour Road. Walk down Tucker Road, the stadium is on Sandy Lane in front of you.


Swimming and Gyms

Barton Pool- 01865 467290

Blackbird Leys Pool- 01865 467040

Hinksey Outdoor Pool (May-September) – 01865 467079

Ferry Sports Centre – 01865 467060

Peers Sports Centre- 01865 467095

Temple Cowley Pools – 01865 467124