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South Park, Oxford

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South Park is a park on Headington Hill in east Oxford, England. It is the largest park within Oxford city limits. A good view of the city centre with its historic spires and towers of Oxford University can be obtained at the park's highest point, a favourite location for photographers.LocationThe park is located alongside Headington Road. St Clement's links the park with central Oxford. A 19th-century bridge links the park with Headington Hill Park. On the southern boundary is the gently curving Morrell Avenue, named after a local brewery family.HistoryThe land was privately owned by the Morrell family of Headington Hill Hall until bought by the Oxford Preservation Trust in 1932 to preserve it as open space. In 1951 the Trust gave the land to the city of Oxford. A carved stone by the sculptor Eric Gill is located at the foot of the Park and records the Trust's gift thus: 'This park was acquired by the Oxford Preservation Trust through the liberality of the Pilgrim Trust and David and Joanna Randall-McIver 1932'.EventsMany events are held in the park including the annual parade of the Lord Mayor and the annual fireworks display of the Oxford Round Table.
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  • Visited common people over the bank holiday with friends . Very well organised festival with great music available all day . Good range of food outlets ...  more »
  • Widely meadow park with a small highland in the middle ,, where it is allowed to barbecues. you can bring your kids with you  more »
  • With the exception of the view it is a pretty standard park. I would not really recommend anyone who was not from Oxford to visit.  more »
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  • South Park is a large open expanse of mown grass sweeping down Headington Hill. It's a great place for festivals and other events but in the normal course of business is pretty dull and uninspiring; not much imaginative gardening or leafy groves here. In the summer, after dark, its low perimeter railings mean that groups of young people have been known to climb over for drinking sessions and other such party fun and leave a bit of a mess in the morning. Such is life.
  • Common people festival is hosted here every year. A great local festival with a lovely atmosphere. Lineup usually decent as well.
  • Great views of Oxford. Outdoor gym. Kids playground and lots of space for dog walking and ball games.
  • Hands down the best views of Oxford and lots of outdoor gym stuff on the path around the edge.
  • Good view of the spires, gets quite busy, I would say it's good for sledging, but it hasn't snowed enough in like 12 years. It's got no toilets. It has a playground, and a zip-wire (which hopefully still works). I don't normally go to this park cos I have better things to do, but if your a tourist then "meh, it's alright". In summary it's good if you have a free hour or so.

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