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Location and travel

Information about where the Oxford Literary Festival is taking place and how you can get there.

The festival principally takes place at the Bodleian Library, the Weston Library, the Divinity School, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Oxford Martin School, Christ Church and Corpus Christi College. The festival’s address is c/o Critchleys, Greyfriars Court, Paradise Square, Oxford OX1 1BE.


By train

Oxford is well served from all areas of the country, and the station is a 20-minute walk or five-minute taxi-drive from the festival. There is a taxi rank at the station.

By coach

There are two fast and frequent coach services to Oxford from London (the X90 and the Oxford Tube), with departures up to every 15 minutes. In Oxford, festival-goers can alight at High Street stops which are within a few minutes’ walk of festival venues. The coach station at Gloucester Green is a 15-minute walk from the festival. Detailed information about both services may be found at www.oxfordtube.com

By car

High StreetStreet parking is extremely limited. The Westgate Car Park has closed for redevelopment. There is an alternative, temporary car park opposite the site in Oxpens, a 10-minute walk from festival venues. Oxford is well served with a park-and-ride bus service at several points at the city perimeter. Details may be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/park-and-ride

Blue badge parking

For events at Corpus Christi and Christ Church, disabled badge holder designated parking is available in Oriel Square (close to Corpus Christi College, and to Christ Church’s Canterbury Gate), and in St Aldate’s (immediately to the south of Christ Church’s Tom Gate).  For events at the Bodleian Library, Weston Library, Oxford Martin School and the Sheldonian Theatre, disabled badge holder designated parking is available in Broad Street.

Safety and general accessibility

Induction loops for the hard of hearing: induction loops for hearing aid users are provided in the Cathedral, Corpus Christi College’s MBI Al Jaber Building, Oxford Martin School lecture theatre and the main auditorium of the Sheldonian Theatre.

Assistance dogs: assistance dogs are welcome. Other dogs are not permitted.

Paths and lighting: although many of the buildings and amenities which host the festival are maintained to high standards, they are set in a historic built environment that has grown over several centuries and not always in line with contemporary building norms. Level walking surfaces may not be encountered everywhere and lighting levels are maintained as appropriate for the environment. Festival-goers are asked to take special care at all times.

Comments and suggestions: in accordance with recommended good practice many festival venues operate a disability equality scheme. This is kept under review, taking into account the views of visitors and others. Comments and suggestions are therefore welcome and may be directed to the Steward of Christ Church by letter, telephone (01865 286580) or e-mail (steward@chch.ox.ac.uk) or to the disability librarian at the Bodleian Library (for the Divinity Schools, Convocation House and Weston Library) and the custodian at the Sheldonian Theatre.  For other college venues please contact the domestic bursar.

Fire safety evacuation: to ensure the safe evacuation of wheelchair users in case of emergency, it may occasionally be necessary to limit the number of wheelchair users at a given event. Evac-chairs are provided and duty volunteers trained to assist. A safety briefing for all festival-goers is provided at the start of each event.


Venue Accessibility

Christ Church Hall and the McKenna Room: these are reached via a flight of 25 stone steps, with a stone balustrade to each side and a large landing. From the top of the main steps there is a further step into the McKenna room and a further two steps into the Ante Hall and Hall. A wheelchair user platform lift is located beneath the Hall stairs and provides direct access to Christ Church Hall. This lift accommodates one wheelchair user and a carer or companion. Detailed operating instructions are provided and the duty custodian will be glad to assist. Small portable ramps provide access from the lift to the McKenna Room. Access to the Hall is across level going.

The Cathedral: there is ramped access from Tom Quad into the Cathedral and level going throughout the building. An induction loop is provided for hearing aid users.

Bodleian Library (Divinity Schools and Convocation House): there is level-going wheelchair user access to both venues.

Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian Theatre: this is accessible to wheelchair users from Broad Street and then through door E to the main hall. Wheelchair users are normally offered places within the central ‘D’ at ground level. A wheelchair user accessible toilet is provided at ground level close to the entrance. An induction loop system is provided in the main auditorium for hearing aid users.

The MBI Al Jaber Building in Corpus Christi College: there is level-going access for wheelchair users via the college’s principal entrance in Merton Street. Directional signage is provided within the college precincts. The auditorium has an induction loop.

Ashmolean Museum: fully accessible. The entrance is on Beaumont Street. There is a handrail up the main steps leading onto the forecourt. There are ramps with handrails on either side of the main steps.

Oxford Martin School: fully accessible. There is a platform lift inside the entrance to the seminar room and a lift to the lecture theatre on the first floor. For full details click here.

Further information, including more detailed access arrangements to festival venues, are provided on the institutions’ websites or are available by contacting the porters’ lodge or reception.