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I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published September 6th 2012
Family friendly gallery and cafe
What comes to mind when you think about Oxford? Dreaming Spires, historic university colleges or punting up the river?

If you're looking for something different then try Modern Art Oxford. Funky and ever changing it's well worth a visit from both tourists and locals. They are "one of the UK's most important galleries of modern and contemporary art."

Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford

Artist exhibitions change on a regular basis and with free entry it means you can visit as often as you want and stop for any amount of time.

Modern Art Oxford is far from stuffy and a great place to bring your kids too. On Saturday afternoons they have the "Modern Art Trolley" where art students lead evolving activities designed around the latest exhibition. Why not get your children away from the TV and do something creative as a family?

It's not just the exhibitions which are artistic but the building itself. A couple of years ago the Cafe and Bar was moved to the delivery yard and completely redesigned. The walls are clad with large timber panels where artists have freedom to express themselves without constraint. Known as the Yard, it's the wide entrance way to Modern Art Oxford, easily accessible right from the street without the limitations of windows and doors. Great access for wheelchairs and pushchairs too. At night a huge shutter pulls down, a piece of art in it's own right.

Modern Art Oxford Cafe and Bar
Modern Art Oxford Cafe & Bar (The Yard)

Whether you've been enjoying the exhibition or are just in town for a spot of shopping, the Yard Cafe and Bar is a great place to stop for a cup of tea or light lunch. A trendy alternative to the multitude of chain coffee shops.

Real effort has been made to source local products in the Cafe & Bar. I enjoyed an excellent cup of tea and was spoilt for choice from the wide range of loose teas from Jeeves and Jericho www.jeevesandjericho.com.

Modern Art Oxford Jeeves & Jericho
Jeeves and Jericho loose teas

Tempting traybakes are on display and good value at 2.50. Children and families are made to feel welcome so it's a fun yummy mummy place to meet.

Modern Art Oxford Traybakes
Tempting Trakebakes at Modern Art Oxford
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Why? Family friendly vibrant art gallery & cafe
When: 10am to 5pm (later opening Thurs to Sat to 7pm) Closed Mondays
Phone: 01865 813830
Where: 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Looks like a great place. I will try it next time I am in oxford
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 2206 days ago
Wow what an amazing cafe! I love the modern art theme but I especially love that children can get involved, it makes art accessible and fun. Great article!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 684 days ago
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