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 - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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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  • CarloHelmond
    Helmond, The Netherlands664 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 Kingdom581 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
    5,368 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 Netherlands187 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 Kingdom1,389 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 Kingdom293 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
  • permia
    62,020 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to wander around
    With a multitude of outlets comprising food, drinks and lifestyle items it’s a great place to wander around. An atmospheric space, anytime we were there it was busy, always a good sign. Oxford Cheese Co is one of the notable food products with an impressively wide range of marvellous cheeses from Britain and beyond. We enjoyed relaxing sustenance in some of the grand cafes and restaurants.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
  • Jamie T
    55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but cute
    I am used to the large markets in France. This one is quite small compared to France but is well worth it. We went with the specific shopping list of cheese and meats for a picnic. The cheese shop is so good and the meats were also well worth the visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2024
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This covered market in Oxford is not even remotely like Covent Garden in London, but it is a lively place in the city where you can make very reasonable purchases in all the stalls and small markets that they have.
Normally the guided tours of the city of Oxford end here, you can then rest having a coffee or if you want to eat something more economically in many of the typical places within the market
We prefer to take a reconnaissance tour, go to eat in one of the surrounding restaurants and then return to taste a dessert in one of the ice cream parlors, which by the way are delicious.
And finally buy some small typical souvenirs of our visit to Oxford, although there are also specialized stores in the University of Oxford or Harry Potter with very affordable prices.
Written August 8, 2022
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Oxford Covered Market is packed with stalls, shops and cafes. Most of the traders are local independents. It’s open daily, but when we visited on a Sunday, many of the shops were shut, so if you want a specific shop, it’s best to check their opening hours. The building dates back to the 1770s, and is worth a look on its own merits.
Written January 19, 2020
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LaJarrie
Southampton, UK491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
One of our favourite finds, as there are a host of different smaller shops to explore and cafés etc to sample. Lots of craft shops, and food venues to tempt all palates. We enjoyed watching the cake decorators work miracles, but wished we had been here long enough to sample some of the other delights from the specialist pie shops, proper butchers, delicatessens, wine corner, cheese purveyors, cookie maker etc….looking back on it, the list seems endless, Even better, there is a public toilet just outside of one entrance - very handy during a long day exploring Oxford
Written August 20, 2021
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Monique G
Southampton, UK265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I’m thinking due to the coronavirus, it wasn’t as vibrant as I think it would be otherwise. Shops inside the covered market are limiting the amount of people in their shops. But all good concerning doing their thing to help with limiting the spread of the virus.

We enjoyed our walk through, and came back later that day for the artisan ice cream, which was delicious!
Written August 2, 2020
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Mavsters
West Yorkshire, UK1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I walked past the entrance by chance and decided to walk through and I’m glad I did.
Interesting and diverse styles.
Plenty of places to eat. Also many fresh meat, fruit and vegetable stalls.
My personal favourite was watching the artisans decorating cakes in the cake shop.
Written August 16, 2022
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Peter A
Syracuse, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
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.
Written May 14, 2023
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Carlsbadhappy
San Diego, CA748 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great shopping and eating place. We expected to find cheap, touristy, common items for sale but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the items for sale. It also was pleasing to see that some of the services offered there were for the actual city residents rather than tourists (key maker, cheese monger, butcher,etc.) We wished we had an appetite so that we could enjoy all of the wonderful offerings. It would be a great place for lunch! Well worth a visit.
Written October 8, 2022
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Jb-tb
Rotterdam, The Netherlands187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
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.
Written September 29, 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you are looking for a quick bite for energy, a coffee or dessert or a nice Oxford souvenir, this is a great market to visit. It is perfectly located between Christ Church College and many of the other landmark college buildings like the Radcliffe, Bodleian and Sheldonian. Its cover protects its visitors from the elements which was the cold the day we visited. Here we were introduced to Mulled Wine. We also were able to find souvenirs and a quick bite for energy. It was fun to visit.
Written December 27, 2022
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family25traveller
Forres, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We went in here out of the rain, it was like an aladdins cave, there was loads of different wee businesses, I loved all the food places. That's my jam. There was cookies, chocolates, beers, cafes, fruit and veg, butchers, fishmongers, the cutest wee bags, noodles, just everything I like and we spent some time in there having a bloody good mooch, so I'd recommend this wee gem
Written March 13, 2023
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