Oxford Covered Market
Oxford Covered Market
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Speciality & Gift ShopsFlea & Street Markets
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Oxford Covered Market features more than 50 traders selling fresh produce, gifts, fashion, flowers and jewellery, and provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. We are proud that the majority of our businesses are independent and with some going back generations. Oxford Covered Market, which was designed by Magdalen Bridge architect John Gwynn, first opened as a market for meat, fish, vegetables and herbs on 1 November 1774. It was then enlarged several times, rebuilt and fully roofed over during the 19th century. Visitors can still see original iron roof supports, cast by Dewer Foundry in London in 1839; 1830s market fronts, complete with moulded cornice and pilasters; and iron bars projecting from shop fronts that date from the 19th century and were used to hang meat. The Covered Market, which was Grade II-listed in 2000, is a rarity because it has been in continual use as a market for almost 250 years.
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  • Peter A
    Syracuse, New York9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must stop shopping, browsing, and "experiencing" for visitors to Oxford.
    In the Internet age, the marketplace has shifted to bland, monopolistic, corporate conglomerates mainly focusing on pricing competition. The shopping Mall in the US has been on decline, and department stores in the UK are not too far behind, though seemingly in better health than ours as there is a greater proliferation. Case in point, even the centuries-old institution Boswell's Department Store in Oxford closed its doors a few years ago, ending one of those rare pleasures of the past of browsing for tangible items in a bricks and mortar setting. That being said, the Covered Market lives on, and not only is it a pleasant experience to wander around the unique shops with enticing wears, but it is important to support the small businesses that keep the world from becoming uniformly boring. One of my favorite shops here is located near the back called "Collector's Company" (130 The Covered Market). It's a bit of a blast from the past featuring all sorts of models, coins, and "Man Cave Stuff" that would delight many men. I was impressed with the offerings crammed into the small space, and despite being familiar with many "man cave type collectibles", found some unique items I did not know existed. I love how despite the world becoming more and more uniform, unitized, McDonaldized, etc., there still exists store like this and the other unique shops of the Covered Market that make visiting other places an enlighting and pleasant experience. Simple meals, fresh produce, and fashion are all available here to enjoy.
    Visited September 2022
    Written May 14, 2023
  • CarloHelmond
    Helmond, The Netherlands623 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place on a rainy day
    We visited Oxford on a rainy day and were early for a tour of the town center. Since we had time to kill, we dropped in. It kept us dry for a while. They do have some nice shops in the covered market. A nice place to kill some some or get something to drink and/or eat. On rainy days it does get a little busy around lunch time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jonny-Northerner
    Harrogate, United Kingdom616 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Spot
    Visited this spot to try find some local businesses rather than high street multiples. Plenty of top shops, cafes, etc. We visited The Market Tap by Tap Social for a beer & a bun - there was a large seating area adjoining it & it had a fab choice. Definitely visiting here the next time I'm in Oxford.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,606 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a look. Great independent shops here and lots of places to eat.
    We came here for a look around as well as getting a coffee. Quite a few places were closed as it was a Monday. It is definitely worth a look for the interesting independent businesses located here. There is a good choice of eateries here.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Jb-tb
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands184 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded, but worth it.
    Despite the large number of tourists cramming into this relatively cramped space, the building has managed to retain its original historic appearance. Some shops are clearly aimed at mass tourism and attract many people looking for the perfect Instagram shot. At the same time though, there was a fantastic coffee shop with delicious cake. All in all, definitely worth a visit because of the unique atmosphere and some nice shops and catering establishments.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Bunny_King
    Bracknell, United Kingdom621 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for food and drinks
    Quirky indoor market and very busy (we went on a Saturday). Most places seem geared towards food and drink, so some great opportunities to try new things. Was hard to browse as very crowded so we spent less time than intended. Some shops charge silly money though for their stuff.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2024
  • Demothesis
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun place to visit
    Visited on. Saturday and was pleased to see the market was open late. However not all shops were open:trading. Particular shout out for the sick shop, which was our favourite shop in the market. Some really different socks ranging from bright colours to patterns and printed socks and actually, really well priced. Ended up with 6 new pairs! Would go again
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
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Demothesis
Portsmouth, UK279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited on. Saturday and was pleased to see the market was open late. However not all shops were open:trading.

Particular shout out for the sick shop, which was our favourite shop in the market. Some really different socks ranging from bright colours to patterns and printed socks and actually, really well priced. Ended up with 6 new pairs!

Would go again
Written April 7, 2024
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DB83
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Old time and traditional feel as entering. Lots of food facilities in there from all over. From Italy and china great stuff
Written March 29, 2024
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Bunny_King
Bracknell, UK621 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Quirky indoor market and very busy (we went on a Saturday). Most places seem geared towards food and drink, so some great opportunities to try new things.

Was hard to browse as very crowded so we spent less time than intended.

Some shops charge silly money though for their stuff.
Written March 23, 2024
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Manda J
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Tap Social in the Covered Market has excellent beers but the absolute stars are their croissants. Best I've had outside of France. And social enterprise to boot.
Written March 13, 2024
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louiseholistic
Penarth, UK962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The covered market has many stalls to browse - food, flowers, gifts, and cheese stall, butchers, deli, coffee and tea providers, a wine merchant and numerous cafes. Well worth a visit and prices are reasonable.
Written March 6, 2024
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s00
Isle of Wight, UK393 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Typical indoor market but plenty to see and buy . Stalls are colourful and clean.
Good atmosphere but not a vibrant place.
Written December 17, 2023
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Paul F
Chesterfield, UK2,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Oh my this place is just sooooo stylish with many creative, Indie business owners who absolutely own this place and make it their own and a must visit place if in Oxford.

We spent time and bought some lovely gifts here, it's a very special place with a real vibe and atmosphere.
Written December 13, 2023
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Darcy W
Gloucestershire, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit. lots of interesting business' and food. Loved the cake making place. Food looked very appertizing.
Written November 19, 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is full of vendors selling all sorts from food to crafts and cakes and toys and everything really it is a nice place to wonder for half an hour or so
Written October 17, 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,961 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Opened in November 1774 this was a historic market but today it was full of average traders focusing on the many tourists. Some were interesting but most were not.
Written October 7, 2023
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