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Headington Shark

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Address: No 2 New High Street | Headington, Oxford, England
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Great to see that this shark is still here after almost 30 years. It livens up an otherwise ordinary street in Headington just south east of Oxford. You can walk here from Oxford... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great to see that this shark is still here after almost 30 years. It livens up an otherwise ordinary street in Headington just south east of Oxford. You can walk here from Oxford city centre, it will take about 40 minutes and is up hill all the way. Alternatively the 280 bus runs here. It is about 10 doors down... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

On our day coach trip to Oxford our driver made a detour especially to show us this. This has been here since 1986 and is a sculpture by the 'artist' John Buckley. It was unveiled on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It was commissioned by the house's American owner who has stated 'The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

So surreal it has to be seen. Looks a lot bigger in person than any photos I've seen. Really adds character to the area and easy to get to

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Swanbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's a shark. Sticking out of a roof. Mad! Definitely worth a look see if you're in the area. Can't parking easily though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

It's a massive shark, sticking out of the roof of little red brick house, in an ordinary street. And it's free to see. What can anyone dislike about that? If you don't like slightly surreal stuff, quirky curios and the like, don't bother. Otherwise, enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Don't forget to pay a visit to this that was once a protest to make people aware of environmental issues. It's quite impressive from a short distance!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Make sure to read the information on why this shark suddenly appeared on the roof of this Headington home. What a way to make a statement. Worth the view and a few pictures!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

If you are passing by the area, the sight of a shark sticking out of the roof of a terraced house is mildly amusing for a minute or so. It is worth taking a look if you are in the area, but it is not worth making a big effort to get to.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

If you're in the Headington Shops area, and happen to walk by, it's worth a quick look; however, do not go out of your way to see the Headington Shark. It is a shark sticking out of the roof of a building - cool and different, but entertaining for less than a minute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

One of those random things I wanted to see on my visit to Oxford simply because it was local and unique. Thankfully, I mentioned it in passing during a conversation with our chauffeur during the drive from LHR to Oxford. He detoured by so my husband and I could have a quick peek. Exactly as you see in the photos... More 

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