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Isis Lock on the Oxford Canal


Passing through the verdant Oxfordshire countryside, the Oxford Canal is one of the most scenic waterways, and it starts right in the city centre. Despite its urban origins, the canal inspires tranquillity as it runs through Worcester College gardens.

A short walk along the towpath will take you to the Trap Grounds Town Green and Local Wildlife Site. In 1995, volunteers cleared the ground to create a haven for wildlife, and it's now a rare remnant of wild open space along the Oxford Canal where you can spot the birds or forage for blackberries. It has eight acres of reed beds, ponds, woodland, and meadows – now home to dragonflies, bats, butterflies, lizards, grass snakes, reed warblers, kingfishers, and much more.

The city of Oxford is itself world-famous for its mediaeval history and renowned University. Explore the old buildings, colleges, and museums.

Things to see and do

  • Address

    Worcester Sreet Car Park, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

  • Opening times

    Towpath is always open.

  • Prices

    Once you're parked, it won't cost you a thing.

  • Toilets

    There are toilets at the car park just off Worcester Street.

Getting here

  • By car

    Postcode: OX1 2BQ

    There is a car park just off Worcester Street.

  • By train

    Oxford Station is a five-minute walk from the canal towpath.

  • By boat

    There are visitor moorings and services in the city centre.

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