Location and travel
Getting to the festival.
Festival events mostly take place at the Sheldonian Theatre, Bodleian Library, Weston Library, the Oxford Martin School, Trinity College, St John’s College, Worcester College, Exeter College, Lincoln College, Pusey House and Oxford University Mathematical Institute.
Please note: venues for festival events sometimes change after you have purchased your ticket to accommodate the specific requirements of authors or to meet demand for tickets. Please check the website to confirm the venue for your event and always arrive in good time.
All the main festival venues are accessible and many have hearing loops. For full details, visit the relevant venue websites by clicking on the links below.
- Sheldonian Theatre
- Oxford Martin School
- Divinity School and Weston Lecture Theatre
- Worcester College
- Exeter College
- Lincoln College
- St John’s College
- Trinity College
- Mathematical Institute
- Department for Continuing Education
- University of Oxford access guide
- Oxford City Council accessibility guide to Oxford
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 disability librarian at the Bodleian Library (for the Divinity School and Weston Library) and the custodian at the Sheldonian Theatre. For other college and university venues please contact the domestic bursar or department administrator.
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.
Oxford is well served from all areas of the country.There are trains to the centre of Oxford from London Marylebone and London Paddington and services from the south coast, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, the Midlands and Gloucestershire. Worcester College is a ten-minute walk from the central station and the Sheldonian Theatre and other venues a 20-minute walk. There is a taxi rank at the station.
There is a fast and frequent coach service to Oxford from London, the Oxford Tube, with several departures every hour. In Oxford, festival-goers can alight at High Street stops which are within a few minutes’ walk of festival venues. National Express coaches also serve Oxford. The coach station at Gloucester Green is a five-minute walk from Worcester College and a ten-minute walk from the Sheldonian Theatre and other venues.
Street parking is extremely limited. There are car parks at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxpens, at Gloucester Street and in Worcester Street, all within 10 minutes’ walk of festival venues. Oxford is well served by a regular park-and-ride bus service from several points at the city perimeter.
Blue badge parking
For events at the Bodleian Library, Weston Library, Lincoln College, Oxford Martin School and the Sheldonian Theatre, disabled badge holder designated parking is available in Broad Street.Designated parking is available in Beaumont Street for Worcester College, and in St Giles for St Cross College.