Guided tours

Although the hydro can be viewed from the towpath, the site itself is currently only open to visitors by appointment.Please note that the site is open on one side to the river bank and has rough terrain. Children are only permitted on site under close supervision by an adult.

Current tour dates:

We have a very small team of volunteers but can occasionally organise tours for groups. Please contact us for further information via the contact us page.

Our next Open Day is 12th September 2021 when we are participating in Oxford Open Doors.

Osney Lock Hydro is taking part in this year’s Oxford Open Doors on the afternoon of Sunday 12th September.

Tickets are free, but limited and booking is essential.  Please arrive within in 10 minutes of the start of your booked slot to help us manage numbers on site.

Click here to book your free ticket via eventbrite


Are tours suitable for children?

We welcome children on our tours, so long as they are under close supervision of an accompanying adult throughout the visit.

How do I get there?

Osney Island is just a few minutes walk from Oxford train station and bus stops on the Botley Road. If travelling by car, please use the Park and Ride and take the bus to the Osney Island stop. You can see our position on a map on our website.

Where does the tour start?

Please meet your tour guide by the benches on the towpath at the end of East St opposite the Punter pub a few minutes before your tour is due to start.


The tour involves walking a few 100 metres along the towpath and over rough grass. Access to the main site is via the towpath and is step-free. If you have any hearing, visibility or mobiity impairment, please contact the organisers in advance so we can understand how we can best facilitate your visit.

Facilities on site

Please note there are no toilets on site.

What if I can no longer attend?

We only have a limited number of places on each tour so please let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend.

How do I contact the organisers?

Please contact us using the contacts form on the website.

My school or group would like to visit – can you arrange private tours?

We are occasionally able to arrange private tours for schools, university groups, low carbon community groups and other organisations.  Our availability is limited (we are entirely volunteer run) but do our best to accommodate groups of up to 15 visitors.  Please contact us using the contacts form on the website to see if we can arrange a tour.

Although we do not charge for tours, we would always welcome donations from visiting groups to help us with the upkeep of the site.