University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Good value visit. 5 if the 7 green houses were viewable although 2 of the sub areas were restricted. The garden plants are limited this time of year but it was still a delight to wander around the...  more »
  • Lovely, well-kept gardens with lots of interesting plants to see. Unfortunately, the greenhouses were closed which is probably where most of the action is.  more »
  • A lovely place to visit in the middle of Oxford. Beautiful plants, shrubs and water features, right on the river. We were lucky with the weather and so took a picnic and sat by the water. Tea/coffee.....  more »
  • The best botanic garden I have visited. Good scientific information, well presented and at the right level. Lovely areas for just walking and admiring the plants. Even better if: some microscope displays explaining leaf structure, the differences between the major pollen types, etc.
  • Fantastic in summer with the wildflowers blooming. Can also enjoy the glass houses during winter - the cacti being a favourite of mine. Not the largest botanic gardens but a lovely escape in the centre of Oxford. Bonus fact - you can sit on the bench inspiring Lyra and Wills meeting place in His Dark Material!
  • A peaceful oasis a mere stone's throw from the centre of Oxford. The plants and accompanying information boards are fantastic and the greenhouses have to be seen. A great place to spend a sunny morning before lunch. History, botany and science to stimulate the mind and the senses.
  • Some very interesting plants, and a very well kept set of gardens. Perfect for a picnic. To make it 5* I would have liked there to be a few more toilets as it was quite cramped and there was a queue. It could also benefit from a more permanent cafe inside.
  • Lovely gardens, great stop over from glorious Oxford streets & colleges. A bit of greenery and flowers. Greenhouses too, with tropical plants. A pleasant walk, small coffee break. With a view onto canal. Watch the boats go by, very pretty. Can spend a couple hours in here easily....well worth it.

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