Port Meadow is the largest common land in Oxford, situated to the west of the city, running on the east bank of the River Thames, from Jericho to Wolvercote. The meadow is accessible via Walton Well Road, Aristotle Lane and Wolvercote.
The large meadow consists of 440 acres of grazing land which is still used for cattle and horses. The vast landscape features a variety of different wildflowers from buttercups and Bird’s-foot trefoil to stemless thistles as well as wetland flora such as Silverweed and Strawberry clover.
Whilst exploring Port Meadow, visitors can walk up the west side of the meadow to find popular 17th Century tavern, The Perch, which is dreamily lit with fairy lights during darker nights, where delicious food and an open fire welcomes you. Follow the river further up the meadow, and you will approach another great pub, The Trout Inn – a historical yet contemporary place to stop for lunch by the river on a sunny day, or take cover in during the winter months.
Port Meadow is also a nice place for picnics or leisurely walks along the River Thames, and a great place to watch the spectacular flocks of wildfowl and waders in winter.
Another place of interest is the burial ground in the centre of the meadow, which is also a designated SSSI site.