University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford

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Founded in 1621, University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden contains over 8,000 different plant species and covers nearly 2 hectares (4.5 acres). It is one of the most diverse yet compact collections of plants in the world, comprised of three distinct sections. The garden’s greenhouses shelter plants from around the globe, many from much warmer climates, thriving inside an environment that protects them from the extremes of British weather. Walk through the famous walled garden to see the site’s oldest tree, an English yew. The garden hosts regular evening lectures, exhibits, family-friendly events, and special guided walks. Check online for a list of upcoming events. Put University of Oxford Botanic Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oxford trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • The botanical gardens in Oxford are quite small but full of easy to read informative information boards. We visited on a freezing cold March day but felt it was a successful visit well worth the money...  more »
  • Great place to take a bit of time out from the bustle of the city. In the winter it can be a little sparse in the main garden, but there is always plenty to see in the hot houses, where there are clim...  more »
  • Botanical Garden not too large and well cared for! You spend a few pleasant hours. Cute! We recommend that you visit it in spring or summer, gloomy days loses a bit of charm.
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  • Lovely oasis in the centre of town. The conservatory and tropical greenhouses make it a year-round treat, and the pop-up coffee shop from Jericho Coffee Traders is a great addition (though the hot chocolate was too rich for my children!). Flowerbeds can be a bit bare in winter but good information boards explain what's going on in terms of maintenance and preparation. The big Palm house is a delight; other greenhouses feature arid plants, carnivorous plants, ferns, lilies and alpines. Good programme of children's activities in school holidays, plus special events like the Spring Fair, May Day celebrations and Christmas gift fair. Well worth a visit any time.
  • On a sunny day this is a lovely place to walk around. They have benches to sit and enjoy the smells of the flowers, chirps of the birds and splashes of the fountain. The conservatory has unique plants, like a tree from Madagascar, ferns, cactuses and a giant lemon tree.
  • Pleasant inner city garden . Seen in April but suspect more colourful later in the season. Interesting glass houses with tropical plants- coffee rice cocoa cotton etc Worth a visit.
  • If you like history mixed in with your botany then this is a worthwhile visit! Descriptions were very well written and the greenhouses are a must see if you enjoy exotic flora.
  • Nice variation in plant tyes with helpful snippets of info easily seen. Beautiful grounds. Amazing place to spend an afternoon in Oxford.
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