North Hinksey Conduit House

LOOKING FOR: Heritage, Historical
ADDRESS: North Hinskey, Oxfordshire OX2 9AS
TELEPHONE: 0370 333 1181
North Hinksey Conduit House

This roofed conduit house is a remarkable survival of Oxford’s first piped water supply.
Built during the early 17th century, it was part of a system designed to take clean drinking water from the springs at North Hinksey to the Carfax Conduit, an extravagantly decorated fountain in the centre of Oxford.
Resembling a miniature fortress, the conduit house covered and protected a 20,000-gallon lead cistern which continued to supply water to the city until 1868.
On the walls are some beautifully chiselled graffiti dating from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Read more about the history of North Hinksey Conduit House.

Before You Go

Access:  Access to the Conduit House is on foot only and is about a ten minute walk from the road. View details.

Opening Times: The site is open 10am-4pm, Thursday to Sunday, from April until October. The Conduit House is also open Bank Holidays during this time. The site is closed from October until April.

Other Information: There is no access to the interior.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

Why not complete your day out with a visit to Abingdon County Hall Museum with its fine rooftop views?

Or visit the remains of a large, well-built Roman courtyard villa with a nearly complete mosaic tile floor at North Leigh.

You could also enjoy the extensive riverside remains of Minster Lovell Hall - a popular spot for family picnics.

Opening Times

    1 April - 30 September 2017
    Monday    Closed
    Tuesday    Closed
    Wednesday    Closed
    Thursday    10:00 - 16:00
    Friday    10:00 - 16:00
    Saturday    10:00 - 16:00
    Sunday    10:00 - 16:00

    Exterior viewing only

    Holiday opening times for this period
    Good Friday
    14 Apr 2017    10:00 - 16:00
    Easter Sunday
    16 Apr 2017    10:00 - 16:00
    Easter Monday
    17 Apr 2017    10:00 - 16:00
    Early May Bank Holiday
    1 May 2017    10:00 - 16:00
    Spring Bank Holiday
    29 May 2017    10:00 - 16:00
    Summer Bank Holiday
    28 Aug 2017    10:00 - 16:00

    1 October 2017 - 29 March 2018

30 March 2018 onwards

Opening times will be available nearer the time