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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  • Formal borders mixed with glasshouses - see citrus trees in one location. Best seen probably when the summer borders are it, but currently in February the snowdrops and crocus are resplendent.  more »
  • This is Britain's oldest botanic gardens that were founded in 1621 by the Earl of Danby whose statue is at the gates, along with statues of Charles I and Charles II. There is still an original walled ...  more »
  • I was quite disappointed by my visit. Going in mid January of course I didn't expect a plethora of flowers. My main complaint was being charged the full price during winter months to mainly visit a mo...  more »
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  • Small but yet surprising botanic garden. If you visist in autumn or winter be sure to check out the green houses as they contain quite an interesting and broad collection of exotic plants (carnivorous as well!).
  • Very Informative and Value for money. Summer is the best time to visit if you are interested in clicking some super shots.good for groups and students.
  • A lovely botanical garden with some exotic plants in their glass houses. Wonderfully romantic indoor ponds with lillies that flower all year round. A must see attraction part of the history that is Oxford.
  • 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!
  • Cute garden, something different to visit. On sunny days it's particularly beautiful and really relaxing.

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