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Oxford Town Hall

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St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
01865 252351 www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk

This magnificent grade 2* Victorian building not only continues to play a key role in the management, social and cultural life of residents and visitors but is also a versatile venue and home of the Museum of Oxford.

Oxford’s Guildhall was built on the site in 1292. It was then replaced by the first Town Hall in 1752, designed by Isaac Ware. In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site. The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design. The 1752 building was demolished in 1893 and the current building was completed in 1897.

The new building originally housed the public library and police station as well as the city council. During the First World War, the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital. From 1916, it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria. In 1936 Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate’s. The central public library is now in the Westgate Centre in Queen Street.

Town Hall Cafe

As well as their Fairtrade hot drinks, the café also provides a wide selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and snacks. And don’t forget their array of cakes and titbits to tempt that sweet craving we all have from time to time. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and warm yourself up with their seasonal soups or piping hot paninis.

Museum of Oxford 

The museum is currently closed to make our spaces bigger and better for when we reopen in 2020. Meanwhile, you can check out their ongoing activities at www.oxford.gov.uk/museumofoxford.

A ‘micro-museum’ will open later in October.


We have guided tours every month. To book and find out more visit:



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June 2019

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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One event on June 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Organ Recital

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom

Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists. Refreshments are provided, although why not bring your own lunch, or get something from our cafe (discounts are available for those who have purchased a ticket for the Organ Recital).

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June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on June 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Tea Dance

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom

Get your glad rags on and come dancing in our stunning Main Hall. As well as dancing, you will also be provided with refreshments and an afternoon full of fun! No booking required!

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June 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Inside the Town Hall Tour

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£4.00 – £5

Join the Museum of Oxford as we take you on a tour around Oxford's magnificent Town Hall. This grade II* listed building was and still is the place where all of the big decisions for Oxford are made. Did you know that our magnificent Main Hall was once a hospital during the First World War? The public library of Oxford used to be housed within the Town Hall until the 1970s? There is so much more to this magnificent building…

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July 2019

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Piano Festival: Boris Berezovsky Piano Recital

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£5 – £25

RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 CHOPIN Selection of Mazurkas RACHMANINOV Moments musicaux, Op. 16 Boris Berezovksy makes his festival debut in the first of our solo recitals. Berezovsky, the quintessential Russian pianist known for his wedding of poetry and power, opens this recital with Rachmaninov’s magnificent Piano Sonata No. 2, a work as tempestuous as it is heartfelt. After his own personal selection of Chopin’s crystalline Mazurkas, Berezovsky returns to Russia for Rachmaninov’s 6 Moments musicaux in which…

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