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It's a shark in a roof

The story behind how this art installation moved from being vilified to being a local cultural icon... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom
Dare to be different.

Drove past as a passenger and saw this and laughed. Dare to be different is what we say. Would I go... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
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Hands Free Letting - Holiday short lets in Oxford and London - if you are interested in staying in The Shark House - please contact us.
No 2 New High Street | Headington, Oxford OX3 7AQ, England
+44 7763 693225
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Like most, when I first saw this, I wondered why? And then why not? There in the middle of an off main road terrace is a gigantic model shark sticking out of the roof of a Victorian? house. Genius. Thank you for the smile this...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

The story behind how this art installation moved from being vilified to being a local cultural icon (there's even a toddler group nearby called "Little Sharks") is fascinating. See it on a clear evening with the subset behind it, and it's quite something - but...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

a local landmark and quite famous. good for a quick stop if you are in the area and makes a good selfie but I would not go out of my way to find it unless you happened to be in Headington

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is just wonderful - it epitomises outsider art and it should be part of anyone's visit to Oxford.

1  Thank cara472
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Drove past as a passenger and saw this and laughed. Dare to be different is what we say. Would I go out of my way to see it? Probably not. Would children enjoy seeing it? Yes, because it is funny. It also prompted a long...More

1  Thank 80ways-aroundworld
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My favourite place to take visitors to Oxford, and a fabulous example of British eccentricity. The pictures really don't do it justice, so go and take a look for yourself!

1  Thank BrushM
Reviewed 2 July 2017

had to be done! the famous Headington Shark, geocache. i'd been here before but had to come back to this brilliant location.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

haying lived with the shark since its fitting, from my point of view it is quite ordinary, however if i was a visitor i think it would be much more of a novelty

1  Thank barrysue2017
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

The Headington Shark is a quirky attraction and is now as much of the fabric of Oxford as the dreamy spires. For years the council tried to have it removed but common sense win through.

1  Thank dr7575
Reviewed 14 June 2017

If you are in the area this is a must see for those wanting to be surprised by just how far modern art can go.

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Thomas K
7 August 2018|
Response from M5PYH |
You can park right outside it. You won’t need to be there long
11 June 2018|
Response from Beccawte | Reviewed this property |
It’s not actually on a bus route but it’s just off the main road (London Road) which is a bus route. Less than 5 minute walk from the bus stop