Oxford University’s Botanic Garden is a 5-acre (2-hectare) garden and home to nearly 6,000 types of plants. It is the oldest garden in the UK and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Located near Magdalen College, the garden was founded in 1621 and represents more biodiversity than any other collection of similar size.
Oxford Botanic Garden comprises three different areas: the Walled Garden, the Lower Gardens, and the Glasshouses. Find the medicinal collection, plants from different biogeographic regions, and the woodland and literary walk in the Walled Garden, the oldest part of the botanic garden. The Lower Gardens house ornamental collections, including a rock garden and plants used in the production of gin. Exotic, tropical, and carnivorous plants are located in the Glasshouses.
Visit independently or as part of a guided walking and biking tour that takes in other highlights in the Oxford area, including the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and the Radcliffe Camera.
Things to Know Before You Go
> Practical courses, lectures, and specialized walks are subject to additional fees.
> Visitors are welcome to bring along their own picnics.
> Specialized activities and packs designed for kids and families are available.
> The botanic garden is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available for rent.
How to Get There
Oxford Botanic Garden is located about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) southeast of Oxford city center and 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) east of the Oxford Railway Station, accessible by bus or taxi. There is regular bus and train service between London and Oxford.
When to Get There
The botanic garden is open year-round, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 26). It’s best to visit in the spring or summer, when more flowers are in bloom. There is also a pop-up café along the river from April to September.
The Harcourt Arboretum forms a part of the botanical gardens. Located south of the city, the arboretum covers an area of 150 acres (61 hectares) and features hardy collections of woody plants and native vegetation, including some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include rhododendrons, wildflower meadows, and bluebell woods.
Address: Rose Ln., Oxford OX1 4DU, England