University of Oxford Botanic Garden

University of Oxford Botanic Garden

University of Oxford Botanic Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest in the UK and with nearly 5,000 different types of plant, the Garden is a year-round oasis of biodiversity, right in the heart of the city. For winter opening hours please visit our website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • familytravel4x4
    Liphook, United Kingdom627 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable despite being early in the season
    The gardens offer plenty of variety, from well laid out beds, to glass houses, as well as a delightful walk along the river. Although it was early in the season, which meant that some beds were empty (or died back) there was still enough planting to make the visit interesting. Also with the punting activity on the river, there was also the fun of being distracted by punters trying to maser the art! Well worth a visit, especially as the season 'gets going'.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil Gardens
    On a short break to Oxford, this was somewhere that we wanted to visit. Beautiful gardens, and a nice place to walk round. There was a refreshment kiosk although we didn't use it. Plenty of benches to sit and take in the gardens. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • BQTT
    London, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    An Hour is more than enough. Small but very well kept botanical gardens, beautiful walk too. A tiny quaint cafe serves basic food right by the River Cherwell. You can watch the small punting boats go by while sipping you coffee, or immerse yourself in your book and forget the time passing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • annebwatt@hotmail.co.uk
    London, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Oxford Favourite.
    I love Oxford- the perfect day trip escape from London! Whenever I visit, weather permitting, I always pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens. The gardens are in such a perfect setting:right on The High, yet so tranquil. There is plenty to see here, including the various hothouses, but it's also a lovely environment in which to stroll, admire the beautiful flowers and plants and just sit down in the sunshine. Also, The Coffee Cart serves excellent drinks and snacks and has tables right next to the Cherwell. The gardens are well worth the modest entrance fee; would thoroughly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 August 2023
  • S_Hvass
    Bramming, Denmark729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice guided tour in a beautiful garden
    This is not a big botanical garden, but it is absolutely worth a visit. We took the guided tour with one of the volunteers, and it was a really good experience. She was committed and knowledgeable, and we saw and learn much more than we would have done on our own. The garden is nicely located by the river where people are punding. We especially liked that the garden had a section of wild flowers and vegetations. We had never seen that before in a botanical garden, but it is an important part of our future on this planet, and therefore also important to see in a garden like this.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very enjoyable hour or so here.
    We started off in the glasshouses which are small but amazing before heading to what I call the wild garden which is a gravel garden where plants are left to look after themselves - it looks great at the moment. The herbaceous borders are looking good too. We had an excellent coffee from the Jericho Coffee Co.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Jamie B
    Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    We visited on a chilly February morning. Entry was £8 with gift aid and spoiler alert, incredible value for money! Given the time of year, we pretty much had the gardens to ourselves for most of the visit. Provided with a map, it was very easy to navigate. The gardens themselves are a pleasure to wander through, laid out very well. Although the flowers were not in bloom and the trees were bare, we enjoyed seeing the form and structure of the trees and the whole garden has such a lovely “mature” feel to it. Kudos to the team keeping it so well maintained. The glasshouses are even better. The walk through the rainforest and the pond houses were luscious, with plants hanging down you have to duck under or carefully walk past. Of special note are the numerous and wondrous pitcher plants. There are information boards scattered throughout that are brief but informative and worth the read. The only thing we would have liked to see is the English names for the trees and plants outside in the garden. Many of the cards only have the Latin name of the plant, and whilst we appreciate it’s Oxford, not everyone is fluent in Latin and it would certainly add to the experience knowing what we were looking at. The toilets were aged but clean. The staff were helpful and it’s only a small shop with the regular items you’d expect but with a nice selection of books specific to the gardens we enjoyed browsing on the way out. Overall, a 10 out of 10 experience and definitely worth the short walk from the city centre to enjoy a break from the indoor attractions of your visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
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Maddison D
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
I am a nanny, the little boy I look after absolutely loved it, we spent 2-3 hours there and he talked about his trip for days after. Also big plus.. the coffee from the coffee stand was A*
Written 25 March 2024
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Jamie B
Burnham-On-Sea, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited on a chilly February morning. Entry was £8 with gift aid and spoiler alert, incredible value for money!
Given the time of year, we pretty much had the gardens to ourselves for most of the visit.
Provided with a map, it was very easy to navigate. The gardens themselves are a pleasure to wander through, laid out very well. Although the flowers were not in bloom and the trees were bare, we enjoyed seeing the form and structure of the trees and the whole garden has such a lovely “mature” feel to it. Kudos to the team keeping it so well maintained.
The glasshouses are even better. The walk through the rainforest and the pond houses were luscious, with plants hanging down you have to duck under or carefully walk past. Of special note are the numerous and wondrous pitcher plants. There are information boards scattered throughout that are brief but informative and worth the read. The only thing we would have liked to see is the English names for the trees and plants outside in the garden. Many of the cards only have the Latin name of the plant, and whilst we appreciate it’s Oxford, not everyone is fluent in Latin and it would certainly add to the experience knowing what we were looking at.
The toilets were aged but clean. The staff were helpful and it’s only a small shop with the regular items you’d expect but with a nice selection of books specific to the gardens we enjoyed browsing on the way out.
Overall, a 10 out of 10 experience and definitely worth the short walk from the city centre to enjoy a break from the indoor attractions of your visit.
Written 8 February 2024
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krizztraveller
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Honestly, this was one of the overrated places we have visited recently. There was a Christmas fair,for which we planned our visit. This was just so bland without enough eateries or hot drinks ..All they had was a pizza truck, which was decent .The Christmas Market didn't impress much, and the garden too.. Getting to Oxford City centre was not worth the pain, the never ending traffic jam, even when we used the park and ride..Not going to this place anytime soon..Dear council, get your traffic he'll fixed first..
Written 3 December 2023
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Toria ⭐️
San Francisco, CA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
A very nice botanical garden in close proximity to other destinations of interest. Tickets were just £5 for students. There is a wide variety of beautiful plants as well as a little coffee cart with a lovely view of the river.
Written 12 November 2023
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Kaulostar
Greater London, UK894 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the walk by the river within the gardens. Seems to be a location for locals and tourists alike.
overall ok but I did find a lot of plants had been eaten by slugs so did not look their best so all in all could have been better
Written 16 October 2023
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141jeng
Evesham, UK558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We visited here with a dual ticket to Magdalen College. It was a beautiful sunny day and perfect to explore the botanic gardens. We also got some sandbank enjoyed a picnic in the grounds.
Highly recommend!
Written 1 October 2023
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sheepygold
london5,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We started off in the glasshouses which are small but amazing before heading to what I call the wild garden which is a gravel garden where plants are left to look after themselves - it looks great at the moment. The herbaceous borders are looking good too. We had an excellent coffee from the Jericho Coffee Co.
Written 12 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

S_Hvass
Bramming, Denmark729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is not a big botanical garden, but it is absolutely worth a visit. We took the guided tour with one of the volunteers, and it was a really good experience. She was committed and knowledgeable, and we saw and learn much more than we would have done on our own. The garden is nicely located by the river where people are punding. We especially liked that the garden had a section of wild flowers and vegetations. We had never seen that before in a botanical garden, but it is an important part of our future on this planet, and therefore also important to see in a garden like this.
Written 9 September 2023
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annebwatt@hotmail.co.uk
London, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I love Oxford- the perfect day trip escape from London!
Whenever I visit, weather permitting, I always pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens.
The gardens are in such a perfect setting:right on The High, yet so tranquil.
There is plenty to see here, including the various hothouses, but it's also a lovely environment in which to stroll, admire the beautiful flowers and plants and just sit down in the sunshine.
Also, The Coffee Cart serves excellent drinks and snacks and has tables right next to the Cherwell.
The gardens are well worth the modest entrance fee; would thoroughly recommend.
Written 30 August 2023
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Chris
Llandysul, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent service at the Jericho coffee van. Very friendly and a great cup of coffee. Right next to the river, too. Highly recommended.
Written 16 August 2023
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