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Travel Directions

The Ruskin is located at two sites and the following information gives details on the various ways of reaching Oxford and both locations within the city.

Link to building access guide.

The Ruskin School is located at two sites. Student studios, the Fine Art library, admin + painting offices, seminar room, Drawing Studio (used for Short Courses and student studio space) and Old Masters’ Studio (used for seminars, meetings, and presentations) are all at 74 High Street, OX1 4BG.

The workshops, film editing suites, Project Space, printmaking and etching facilities, student studio space and the sculpture department are all at 128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP.



If you are coming to 74 High Street, please bear in mind that there is no parking available and vehicles can only load or unload on this busy main road. The school is located on the corner of Merton Street and is attached to the Exam Schools.

If you are travelling to 128 Bullingdon Road you can walk from the High Street studios within 15 mins, via the Cowley Road. Bullingdon Road is on the right-hand side, off the Cowley Road, immediately after a Tesco store on your left. The Ruskin building is on the left-hand side of Bullingdon Road.

N.B. Bullingdon Road is a one-way road, with access running south-north between Iffley Road and Cowley Road. If you are driving, or travelling by taxi, you can therefore only get access to these studios by driving up Bullingdon Road from the Iffley Road. 


By Rail

Frequent direct trains travel from London Paddington, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.   The journey time takes approx. 1hr from London.  Many visitors prefer to take the speedier option of a taxi from the station to either the High Street or Bullingdon Road, however buses are also available from the station.  You need to ask for the Queen’s Lane stop for the High Street or the Cowley Road if you are going to Bullingdon.  To walk from the train station to 74 High Street would take approx. 25 minutes. 

For National Rail enquiries, telephone: 08457 484950 or visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk


By Coach

There is a 24-hour service from London via the Oxford Bus Company, telephone: 01865 785 400 or www.oxfordbus.co.uk and the Oxford Tube, telephone: 01865 772250 or www.oxfordtube.com   In peak times, coach travel from London can take 2 hours.  Advantages to taking the bus rather than the train are that it costs less (£60 for a package of 12 trips), has onboard Wi-Fi, and has multiple pick-up and drop-off points.

For details on coach services from all other major cities contact National Express, telephone: 08705 808080 or www.nationalexpress.com

Buses from London stop at the Queen’s Lane bus stop, which is on the opposite side of the road to 74 High Street. The nearest bus stop to the studios at 128 Bullingdon Road is St Clements and you can walk across to the Cowley Road and up to Bullingdon Road from there within 10 minutes.  

If you continue to the central bus station, Gloucester Green, this is a 15 minutes walk from the High Street. 


By Car

Parking can be difficult and expensive in Oxford, and largely limited to a 2-hour limit.   It is therefore suggested that you use the Park and Ride car parks found all around the city where possible: https://www2.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/park-and-ride-locations.    Buses then bring you into the city centre:

From North: Buses from the Peartree car parks will take you to the city centre just off St Giles.  The Ruskin is a 15 minutes walk from this bus stop.

From the North and East: Buses from the Thornhill car park will travel up the High Street and you will need to get off at the Queen’s Lane bus stop on the High Street, just up the road from the Ruskin. 

From South and East: Buses from the Redbridge car park will take you to St Aldates.  The Ruskin is a 10 minutes walk from this bus stop.  

From the West: The bus from the Seacourt car park brings you into the centre of Oxford. Some of the buses travel through the centre, down the High Street and you should travel to the Queen’s Lane bus stop, which is on the opposite side of the road to the Ruskin.  Please be aware that this carpark is often full from the early morning.

last edited: June 15th 2022