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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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December 2018

Shared Christmas party

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 16 @ 7:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2018 at 7:00pm

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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Experience exquisite food, elegant surroundings and live entertainment at this year's shared Christmas parties at Oxford Town Hall. It costs £60 per head and includes a welcome drink and three course festive meal. On the night there will be a live band along with a cash bar (pre-ordered drinks packages available).

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January 2019

Martha Argerich

January 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:40 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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About the event BACH Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny violin Charlotte Scott violin Martha Argerich piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Not many pianists alive can be described as 'iconic' but Martha Argerich is one. She returns to the Orchestra for a work that eavesdrops on one of the most passionate romances of the nineteenth century: Schumann's piano concerto. After Bach's bustling Concerto…

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