O2 Academy Oxford

190 Cowley Road
United Kingdom

Getting here

By bus

We’re lucky that we are well connected.

City 5 starts at Oxford railway station, through the city centre and straight to Cowley Road, very close to our venue, around 100 metres.  

Night bus

Stagecoach run night buses between Blackbird Leys, Templars Square, Cowley Road and the city centre.

All these buses have an ‘N’ in front of the number and are cash fares. 

Oxford buses are equipped with bus lowering systems and steps, or easier access.

By train

Oxford railway station is around two miles away, with lines for London, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Banbury, Birmngham and further afield, with First Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways.

All details on accessibilty features of rail stations, entrance and exits, services including ramps, height adjustable counters, indication loops, toilets (radar key), and and staff support can be found at National Rail.

Parking and by car

We’re are easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M40, A40, A34 an A44.

If you’re driving, the local streets have limited options. There’s Union Street car park, behind Tesco Metro, opposite to our venue for pay and display parking. Use sat nav OX4 1JP. Charges vary, so check when you park.

Disabled parking and by car

We do not have our own parking facilities, but there’s bays reserved around the local streets. Council car parks (Union Street) has 74 spaces, but click here to find out about the blue badge scheme and parking options nearby.

By bike

Look out for bike racks in local streets and on Cowley Road, Oxford loves cyclists.


Always plan your journey in advance. You can find and pre-book a minicab and find the cheapest fares with minicabit.

Venue opening times

We’ll have opening times, stage times (if we know them on show days) and curfew times if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig-goers (7pm-11pm) on the event page of this website and on our social channels, too. All timings are subject to change, so check before you travel.

The venue box office will be open 12 noon to 5:30pm, Monday-Saturday. Opening times will be different on bank holidays, so do check.


We have bars (of course), a cloakroom to leave your stuff and if you’re visiting us for the first time, just ask any of our friendly staff to show you the way. Please try and travel light as cloakroom facilities are limited, so if you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).

Age restrictions

It’s always best to check the age restrictions for each event in advance as they vary from show to show.

A few obvious ones:

No under 8s please (think about it), but feel free to contact us if you’re unsure and avoid disappointment.

8-13 years, you’ll need to attend with an adult (18+).

Some shows that are 14+ but -16 – we’ll translate – that means if you’re between 14 years and 16 years, you’ll need to come with an adult (someone 18+).

Look for these signs, 14+, 16+, 18+, 21+… before you book and remember to carry proof of age if you need it. Find out what we accept and more in our FAQs.

Have we got it all covered?

Hopefully, but if we’ve missed anything, it will be in our FAQs (with any luck).