The North Wall Arts Centre is an an award-winning theatre, gallery and performing arts centre located in Summertown, North Oxford. The facility was opened in 2007, and offers a fully flexible 200-seat theatre, a public art gallery, as well as studios for dance and drama.
The centre is owned by St Edward’s School and shared with the city, and it was created for the benefit of emerging artists across a range of disciplines. The programme of events at The North Wall places emphasis on new and innovative work.
The North Wall Arts Centre was built on the site of a Victorian swimming pool situated on the grounds of St Edward’s School, Oxford. After over a century of use, this pool became redundant when a new one was built on the school playing fields, and after it had served as a storeroom for a few years, the School Governors decided to develop the pool and adjoining buildings as a new arts centre.
The North Wall is located in Summertown, just 2 miles north of Oxford city centre. The venue is also easily accessible from Oxford and Oxford Parkway railway stations.
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.
Park and Ride:
For visitors travelling from outside of Oxford, it’s a short journey by bus from both Pear Tree Park & Ride and Oxford Parkway Park & Ride. Buses leave every 10 minutes (£2.80 return fare, car parking fee charged hourly). 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.
South Parade is a one-way street with very limited on-street parking, although parking is permissible on the on the single yellow line on the opposite side of the road after 4.00pm. In general, we advise visitors either to use one of the two public car parks in Summertown (about five minutes’ walk away) or to take a bus from the Pear Tree Park & Ride.
Oxford Rail Station & Oxford Parkway are both 2 miles from The North Wall. Taxis are available from outside the train station. Otherwise, get the 500 bus from either station to the South Parade stop on Banbury Road in Summertown.