About Oxford Quaker Meeting House
Oxford Quaker Meeting House, situated in the heart of the city. We are home to, and host of, a vibrantly diverse community.
The Meeting House is located about halfway along the west side of St Giles’, the wide tree-lined street in the centre of Oxford. It’s a few houses north of the Eagle & Child pub and has a distinctive bright red door.
In normal times, the Oxford Quaker Meeting House is open throughout the week for Meetings for Worship, groups and events.
The Meeting House
The Meeting House is a self-contained venue with gardens to the front and rear and a large veranda. Access is through 43 St Giles.’
By default, furniture is set out for a Meeting for Worship, but it can be moved (groups are encouraged to restore it to the default arrangement on leaving).
The room has underfloor heating, installed during a substantial eco-renovation in 2013.
The Garden Room
The Garden Room is a carpeted, light and airy room. As its name suggests, it looks out onto the garden. It is suitable for smaller meetings with a maximum capacity of 25 people, seated on upright upholstered chairs.
The Library is a peaceful, carpeted, book-lined room with shuttered windows overlooking the garden. It is suitable for smaller meetings with a maximum capacity of 20 people, seated on upright upholstered chairs.
The Long Room
The Long Room is a carpeted, double-windowed room with secondary glazing facing St. Giles. It is suitable for teaching, and meditation groups with a maximum capacity of 20 people, seated on upright upholstered chairs.
The Short Room is a carpeted room with secondary glazing looking onto St. Giles. It is suitable for small reading groups or one-to-one counselling with a maximum capacity of 5 people, seated on cosy chairs and a sofa.
The large kitchen is registered with the Environmental Health Department at Oxford City Council. It is equipped with ovens, microwave ovens, urns, toasters, cutlery and crockery. There are ample food preparation surfaces. The kitchen can be hired in conjunction with the Garden Room or other rooms in no 43 if the Garden Room is not in use by another hirer.
Getting to the Oxford Quaker Meeting House
Oxford Quaker Meeting House is 0.7 miles (1km) from Oxford Railway Station, which is served by Great Western Railway (from Paddington and Hereford), Chiltern Railways (from Marylebone) and Cross-Country Trains (from Birmingham and the north, Southampton and Bournemouth). It’s a 15-minute walk from the station to the Meeting House; alternatively, you can take Stagecoach bus 14A from outside the main station entrance.
By bus and coach:
Local buses operated by the Oxford Bus company and Stagecoach stop both at the bottom of St Giles’ (Magdalen St stop) and just above the fork at the top, in Woodstock Road and Banbury Road (Radcliffe Observatory and Keble Road stops respectively). Coaches from further afield stop at Oxford Coach Station in Gloucester Green, 7 minutes walk from the Meeting House.
Oxford Quaker Meeting House has a car park at the back of the Meeting House (access via Pusey Lane), but spaces are very limited. We recommend that, if possible, you use Oxford’s excellent Park & Ride service. The routes with stops closest to the Meeting House are 300 from Redbridge (south) and Pear Tree (north) and 500 from Oxford Parkway (north). The bus stops are the same as for the local buses. If you need to use our car park because of disability or to load/unload items, please contact the office in advance.
The office is usually staffed from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.