Getting here

This is your guide to finding The Venue – with directions and tips for reaching us.

We exist to benefit your community, and we can do this starting with you! We would like to encourage you to save those pennies, be more healthy, and help the environment, by travelling to us without a car.

Situated right in the heart of Cowley, directly opposite the Barns Road entrance to Templars Shopping centre, we are easily reached by public transport, on foot, or by cycle - with excellent links to the bus network (and cycle parking is available).


Easy to get to and to spot, we are the entrance nearest to the mini-roundabout on Between Towns Road, next to GreenSquare. Enter your address below for Google Map directions – remember to select the walking or public transport directions if taking the healthy routes, saving those pennies!
Click on the link for more information about getting here by bus, bike, taxi, or car

Address: TheVenue@Cowley, 242B Barns Road, Oxford, OX4 3RQ.


By bus

Barns Road is superbly well served by buses. The two main services run from Blackbird Leys along Barns Road to central Oxford. Route 1 is run by Stagecoach with services every 6-10 minutes at peak and 15 minutes off peak with a timetabled journey time of 13 minutes to Speedwell Street in the City Centre.

Route 5 is run by the Oxford Bus Company with services every 5-6 minutes at peak and every 15 minutes off peak, with timetabled journey times of 14 minutes to Carfax and 20 minutes to the rail station.

Helpful links: for other routes and the most up to date bus timetables visit: Traveline south east

For real-time bus information, visit

By bike

Bike parking is available directly opposite (on opposite side of road) to The Venue@Cowley. If you are a regular user/hirer of the centre then you will be granted access to the secure bike parking to the rear of The Venue. Please enquire about this.

Cycling is a healthy, cost-effective way of travelling, with the added bonus of helping to preserve the environment.

New to cycling? For tips on getting started with cycling click here. For cycling safety tips, click here.

By taxi

There are two taxi ranks in Cowley:

  • Barns Road: near the entrance to Templar Square. For 4 carriages
  • Between Towns Road: Near the entrance to Templars Square. For 2 carriages

Click here for details of taxi companies situated in and around Oxford.

By car

If, for a good reason, you are unable to avoid using your car to reach us, then here are some helpful hints.

Disabled parking: reserved parking is available. You must call to book this at least 24 hours in advance, and it is issued on a first come first served basis. We will endeavour to provide drop-off and pick-up points for up to 15 minutes when parking spaces cannot be issued.

Daytime parking, until 6.30pm/4.30pm (weekends): Castle Car Park can be accessed from Crowell Road (just off Between Towns Road). Knights Car Park can be accessed from Hockmore Street (just off Barns Road). Both car parks are open from 7am to 6.30pm Monday – Saturday, and from 09.30 to 4.30pm on Sundays/Bank Holidays.
Barns Road Car Park, operated by New River Property Management, is situated directly opposite TheVenue@Cowley.
Parking Tariff: 0–3 Hours – £1.00, 3-4 Hours – £1.50, Over 4 Hours – £2·60

Helpful links: For more information on local parking, and to see street view images, click here.

Late night parking: customers of the Templars Retail Park have parking available until 10pm. This is situated just off of Between Towns Road on the junction for Crowell Road, and has a maximum stay of 3 hours. For further information please view the Euro Car Parks signs located on site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: on-street parking in the surrounding residential area is strictly prohibited with parking restrictions in place and permit only parking. Please be respectful of this for the residents living here.

Public artwork

TheVenue@Cowley is set to feature artwork by internationally acclaimed artist, Martin Richman. Specialising in light and sculpture, Martin is famous for creating eye-catching pieces that illuminate the space and link with the local surroundings. Having had work featured in the Olympic Park and the BBC’s Broadcasting House, this promises to be an exciting piece. Watch this space for more information!