The North Wall is owned and managed by St Edward's School, an independent, co-educational boarding school which was founded in 1863 in the centre of Oxford, and moved to its present site in Summertown in 1873. A vigorous 15-year building programme then followed, during which all the Victorian buildings which you see today were completed. The last of these was an indoor swimming pool, which was completed in 1888.

The North Wall was opened for school use in September 2006, and was launched publicly in July 2007 with a three-week arts festival. It now runs a programme of arts events open to the public throughout the year, as well as providing an outstanding facility for the School and the local community.


South Parade

Disabled Access : Yes. The North Wall Theatre and Gallery are fully accessible for wheelchair users. If you have any access requirements, please inform the box office when booking tickets so that we can ensure that your visit to The North Wall is as enjoyable as possible.

Bar : Yes 
Parking : Limited parking available

The North Wall is situated in South Parade, a one-way street with car access possible only from Banbury Road. There is very limited on-street parking in the vicinity, although parking is permissible in South Parade on the single yellow line after 4pm. In general, visitors are advised either to use one of the two public car parks in Summertown about five minutes’ walk from The North Wall, or to take a bus from the Pear Tree park and ride.

Buses to The North Wall

From Oxford City Centre (Magdalen Street, stop C4)

No. 2/2A/2C bus – every 5-10 minutes (Oxford Bus Company)

Get off at Summertown shops, walk up road to HSBC bank, and turn left into South Parade. The North Wall is 200 yards along on your left.

No. 6 bus – every 15 minutes

Get off at South Parade stop, and cross the road into South Parade. The North Wall is 100 yards up the road on your right.

From Pear Tree Park and Ride (free parking) Bus leaves every 10 minutes (£2-£2.50 return fare). Get off at South Parade stop. Walk 30 yards back up the road and turn right into South Parade. The North Wall is 100 yards up the road on your right.

Trains to The North Wall

Oxford Rail Station is 2 miles from The North Wall. Taxis are available from outside the train station.