Oxford's Port Meadow - Image courtesy of Danny Chapman

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Port Meadow

Port Meadow is a large open space in the north and west of Oxford. The River Thames flows through the heart of this ancient area of grazing land, still used for horses and cattle. It’s said that the meadow has never been ploughed – at least for around 4,000 years. The meadow runs from Jericho to Wolvercote. 

What's the History of Port Meadow?

Port Meadow was given to the Freemen of Oxford by Alfred the Great in return for helping to defend the Kingdom against the marauding Danes. Legend has it he was the founder of the city in the 10th century (although Alfred died in the 9th). 

Port Meadow’s right to graze its animals is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. 

How to Visit Port Meadow

Port Meadow is a chosen area for walking and outdoors activities. When the meadow floods in the winter and freezes, it’s frequently used as a safe area for skating. Port Meadow is one of the most popular locations in Oxford for recreation.

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