How to contact and locate us

Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road,Oxford OX1 3PU
Tel: +44 (0)1865 272200
Fax: +44 (0)1865 272400

Head of Department: Prof Ian Shipsey
Head of Administration & Finance: Mr Simon Probert

For further information about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees please see our admissions page.

For access and outreach queries, please contact Sian Tedaldi or phone 01865 (2)82447.

For Alumni, fundraising, events and media queries, please contact Val Crowder or phone +44 (0) 1865 282065.

The Department is organised into six sub-departments covering a wide range of research areas. Please click here for further information including contact details.

Additional internal contact telephone numbers can be found here (Internal Only) and Click here for an A-Z list of the researchers in the department.

Travelling to Oxford

This page will help you travel to the city of Oxford.

Oxford is not a campus university, so once you're here you can use our interactive, searchable map of Oxford's colleges, halls, departments, libraries and museums to find your way around. You can also use Google Maps to find your way around Oxford on foot or using public transport.

From London airports
From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading.

From London Stansted airport, take the Stansted Express train service to Liverpool Street and then take the tube to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford.
Alternatively there is a National Express 737 coach service which travels via Luton airport.

From London Luton airport take the Thameslink towards Gatwick Airport, change at Farringdon taking the Hammersmith & City towards Hammersmith towards Paddington Station catching the GWR towards Oxford.

From Birmingham airport take the CrossCountry train service towards Bournemouth via Coventry stopping at Oxford.

Direct train services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

For details and to plan your journey, see contact National Rail Enquiries.

Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford and a 15 walk from the Department of Physcis.
Please use Google Maps or our interactive map to find your way from the station.

There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London, the X90 and the Oxford Tube.

For information on coaches from other major cities and airports, contact National Express.

The central coach station is at Gloucester Green in the city centre and a 10 minute walk from the Department. Please use Google Maps or our interactive map to find your way.

Parking in Oxford
Many Oxford streets are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the five Park and Ride bus services.

Please refer to Oxfordshire County Council's up-to-date traffic information for details of all local road works and any disruptions likely to delay your journey.

Park and Ride
There are five Park and Ride sites which serve Oxford City Centre.

Oxford Parkway (north):For satnav use OX2 8HA. Take the 500 bus to and from the city centre.
Pear Tree (north): For satnav use OX2 8JD. Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre.
Redbridge (south): For satnav use OX1 4XG. Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre.
Thornhill (east): For satnav use OX3 8DP. Take the 400 bus to and from the city centre.
Seacourt (west): For satnav use OX2 0HP. Take the 400 bus to and from the city centre.

Please note that Thornhill and Seacourt are often full, particularly on University Open Days. We recommend that drivers coming from the east (including London), the south and the west use the Redbridge Park and Ride, while drivers arriving from the north can choose between Pear Tree and Oxford Parkway.

The Oxford Bus Company has detailed information on Park and Ride locations, timetables and fares.

Parking in Oxford city centre

Parking in Oxford city centre is limited and can be expensive. For information on car parks, on-street parking and costs of parking, see Oxfordshire County Council's website.

For information on parking in Oxford for people with disabilities, please see Oxford City Council's Blue Badge scheme.

There are taxi ranks at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles' in the city centre.

For taxi companies please check 001 Cabs or Royal Cabs


Parking in Oxford