Travelling to Headington by car

Traffic wardens in Old High Street Sat 11 February 2005

A 20mph speed limit came into force in the Headington shopping centre
and all minor residential roads in Headington and Marston on 1 September 2009

Zone HE
Zone HA/HN
Zone HN

Parking in Headington & Marston

If you are driving into central Headington, you will find very little on-street parking, and the traffic wardens are vigilant.

Because of the demand for parking created by Oxford Brookes University and the numerous hospitals, more and more controlled parking zones (CPZs) are being introduced, so do read the signs. If you are visiting friends in a CPZ, they should be able to supply you with a visitor’s permit, but otherwise you will have to use a public carpark.

In some CPZs, notably in central Headington, parking by non-permit-holders is never allowed. In others, residents-only parking is limited to certain hours, and you may be able to park in the evening or at the weekend. A street-sign should give you the times, or you can click on the relevant zone on this map for current information.

The Controlled Parking Zones in Headington and Marston are as follows:

  • GR: Girdlestone Road
  • HA: Headington West (A) – north of Headington Road
  • HB: Headington West (B) – south of Headington Road
  • HE: Headington Central – from Old Headington south to Old Road
  • HN: Headington North – Streets each side of the east end of the London Road
  • HQ: Headington Quarry – Streets to the south and west of Quarry village
  • LK: The Lakes – Derwent, Coniston, Bowness Avenue etc
  • LV: Lye Valley – Bulan Road, Dene Road, etc
  • MS: Marston South – The whole of New Marston
  • NW: Northway – The whole Northway Estate
  • WF: Wood Farm – The whole Wood Farm estate


Full information about parking on the county council’s website

Public car parks

There are two public car parks run by Oxford City Council in central Headington:

Pay & Display is in operation at these two car-parks from Monday to Saturday.

Electric cars

These can be recharged in Headington car park, as well as Thornhill Park and Ride and Brookes Headington Hill Campus.

Park & Ride

Note that it is possible to park at the Thornhill Park & Ride to the east of Oxford and take the bus into central Headington or on to Oxford Brookes University. But it fills up very quickly in the morning: check here for availability of spaces

Some local taxis
  • 001 Taxis, 108 St Aldates, 01865 240000 or 241641
  • ABC Taxis, 70a Hollow Way, Cowley, Oxford, 01865 770077 or 775577 (24 hour service, including long-distance and airport)
  • Radio Taxis, 74–77 Magdalen Road, Oxford, 01865 242424 (24 hours)
  • Royal Cars, 01865 777333/778866 (24 hours)

Rent a private parking space on someone's drive
Oxfordshire County Council car-share scheme

Co-wheels Car Club

Full details

Residents’ parking

The county council agreed to start charging residents for parking permits in Controlled Parking Zones when permits came up for renewal in 2007/8:

The contract for monitoring car parking in Oxford’s Residents’ Parking Zones has been transferred from APCOA to NCP:
tel. 0845 337 1138.

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