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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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