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“Indoor Market”

Oxford Covered Market
Ranked #27 of 143 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Walked through here on the way to Westgate. A few little shops that were wroth a visit but nothing out of the ordinary.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Paula C
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Well worth a visit as a change from the usual high street chains, the market has a delightful and eclectic mix of small, independent shops and cafes that are good to browse for something a little different.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We were members of a large tour group and we had been allocated 90 minutes of free time to have a look around central Oxford.
We consulted a tour map and saw the Oxford Market highlighted on there. Consequently, we decided to take a quick look.
The indoor market has a fascinated mixture of small shops and stalls. Unsurprisingly, the majority of them are involved in the sale of food products. For example we saw a very well stocked and nicely organised large cheese stall. There are also at least two butchers' shops.
Those shops not selling food tend to deal in flowers, gifts, souvenirs and jewellery.
There is a small public toilet which is very useful for visitors, located just along the lane from the market's entrance.
The market is very pleasant and well worth a look if you happen to be in the area!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank BigHugh51
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We went inside the Covered Market to escape a cold rain and found it to be a nice and atmospheric place that deserves a visit even if weather is perfect. It has a bit of everything for everyone, from “high class butchers” to souvenirs and colorful clothes from India. The “Pieminister” located inside the market offers a great variety of English-style pies. I tried Chicken of Aragon and loved it – maybe because there was my favorite tarragon (definitely not a classic English ingredient) in the filling !

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Buba J
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This was just a bunch of largely boring shops and a couple of food markets. I was expecting something more interesting. I would not bother again.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank airheart_ash
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