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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. Before you head to Oxford, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Oxford trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Oxford has to offer, including University of Oxford Botanic Garden.
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  • The gardens were lovely, very peaceful to wander around at your own pace. There were beds laid out relating to illnesses which were very informative and areas for produce that had shaped food history....  more »
  • I visit Botanic Gardens on a regular basis and this was next on the list! Great selection of plants....well laid out and some unusual specimens too. A must see if your in Oxford and you like gardens. ...  more »
  • Had a lovely day. I particularly recommend the Lily Room and also the medicinal garden. I will definitely be back here again!  more »
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  • This is one of the oldest Botanic gardens and also one of the best. Whenever you enter the huge greenhouses, it's like you've just been transported to the South American Amazon! Outside there are just so many beautiful trees and plants to admire. In high summer the smell and colour is quite intoxicating!
  • I had a great day here - very reasonable entrance fee, and self-guided tour of the grounds. Very interesting displays on at the time, to see it in full summer bloom was fabulous. Nice alpine and tropic selection in the glasshouses.
  • The botanic gardens​ has plans from all over the world, with plenty of places to lay down and have a picnic. I'd a great time walking around to see the different plants and reading about them.
  • Absolutely stunning gardens - and make sure you have enough time to explore the amazing tropical greenhouses. Didn't allocate enough time when we visited . Beautiful grounds and impressive collection. A must see if you're in Oxford.
  • Somewhat expensive for its value. However, its not a bad view. You can also use this place to lounge about.

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