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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 2020

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Pastoral for the Planet

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£5 – £45

MENDELSSOHN   The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, ‘Fingal's Cave’ (Side-by-Side) BUTTERWORTH   The Banks of Green Willow VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending BEETHOVEN     Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’ * Charlotte Scott violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor* Hannah Schneider conductor The contrast from Beethoven’s insistent fifth symphony to his idyllic sixth couldn’t be more marked. From pounding heroism, Beethoven takes his listeners for a restorative walk in the countryside with his sixth, which quickly attracted the nickname ‘Pastoral’. Here,…

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June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FUNomusica Family Concerts – Mission: Earth

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£4 – £10

FUNomusica Family Concert Most suitable for ages 4-8 Alasdair Malloy presenter Isn’t our planet amazing and wonderful? In this concert, we will celebrate the natural beauty of the Earth with music inspired by wonders of nature and different landscapes. We’ll travel from the blue of the ocean to the red of the desert, and from the green of the rainforest, to the white of the icecaps, on a global journey with music to fill your senses and encourage your imagination. Pre-concert…

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July 2020

July 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Mass in C major

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BEETHOVEN     Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124 Ah! perfido, Op. 65 Mass in C major, Op. 86 Eilana Lappalainen soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Božidar Smiljanić bass Choir to be announced Peter Tiboris conductor Beethoven’s primary concern in his radiant Mass in C major was ‘not God or princes, but the human being entering the church.’ A combination of spirituality and humanity can be felt in almost every bar of the piece, which treated the text and sentiments of the…

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