Location

All Summertown's shops, and almost all its restaurants, cafés and bars, are on either Banbury Road or South Parade, highlighted on this Oxford City Guide map. There is information about Summertown's shops and other businesses at Summertown.info, though be warned that there may have been changes since any of these and other sites were last updated. It only takes ten to fifteen minutes to stroll round Summertown, so that's the easiest way to find out what's where. We have event listings for Summertown and Oxford at the reception desk.

The closest cafés are Modern Baker, a few steps north on our side of Banbury Road after you turn right out of our front door, and Costa, roughly opposite on the other side of the road. Costa opens at 6:30am or 7 on Sundays, and closes between 7 and 8pm. Modern Baker opens at 8:30am or 9 on Sundays, and closes between 4 and 5.

There is a farmer's market most Sundays between 10am and 1pm. Continue past Modern Baker and then the Co-op, and look for the kiosks.

The two gyms are both off the main roads. The Ferry Leisure Centre is roughly behind us. Walk past Modern Baker, then turn right and right again just before the Co-op. The Oxfordshire Health & Racquets Club is in the grounds of St Edward's School. Walk to Costa, then along Oakthorpe Road to its end. This brings you to Woodstock Road: the school grounds and gym are on the other side.

Summertown has two churches. Summertown United Reformed Church is on Banbury Road opposite South Parade. St Michael & All Angels' (Church of England) is a minute or two further on, between Lonsdale Road and Portland Road. There are many other churches near Summertown, including an Orthodox church in Canterbury Road serving both Greek and Russian parishes, and the Catholic churches of SS Gregory & Augustine and St Aloysius.

As our map shows, we are roughly 1.5 miles north from the centre of Oxford. It takes about half-an-hour to walk there, along either Banbury Road or Woodstock Road. The city centre, of course, is full of the museums, colleges, galleries, and other places for which Oxford is famous, as well as the new Westgate shopping centre. For more information, please see the Location page for our sister business, the city-centre Henry's Rooms. Some colleges and departments are between us and the city centre: Wolfson, for example, is on Linton Road, fifteen minutes' walk south, and the Maths Institute is in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, about 25 minutes' walk south down Woodstock Road.

You can also walk to town down Oxford canal towpath to the west of Woodstock Road, or explore Jericho, a canal-side suburb with its own delicatessens and restaurants. For the energetic, there is a lot of countryside within walking reach, including Wolvercote at the north end of Woodstock Road (25 minutes), footpaths north to Yarnton, Islip, Begbroke and other villages (an hour or more), and Port Meadow which lies to the west between Wolvercote and central Oxford.

We are on a number of bus routes. At the time of writing, these include:
— City centre: 2 and 500 south from Banbury Road, 6 and 300 south from Woodstock Road. The S5 and other city-bound long-distance buses will often stop if flagged down, although this can't be relied on. Please note that the 300 and 500 don't stop at every stop, so beware if you want to get off between the Galaxie and town. They do both stop in the city centre.
John Radcliffe, Nuffield, Churchill, Warneford Hospitals: 700 south-west from Banbury Road.
Manor Hospital: 700 south-west from Banbury Road then walk, or take a bus into the city centre, then another to the hospital. All the hospitals are in the suburb of Headington. The 700 is a useful and quick way to Headington, bypassing the city centre.
Oxford Airport: 2C, 2D north from Banbury Road.
Witney: S2 north from Woodstock Road.
Woodstock: S3 north from Woodstock Road, 7 north from Banbury Road.
Bicester Village: S5 north from Banbury Road.
Oxford Parkway railway station: 500 north from Banbury Road. 2's north from Banbury Road stop nearby.

There are several bus stops along the Banbury and Woodstock Roads, and we've given you the information above to help you use them for journeys where time is not critical. The stops should all have current timetables. If your journey is important, check times in advance, since these do get changed quite often.

Oxford is served by several taxi companies. Information is available at reception.