Guided Tours

Guided Tours in 2017

During 2017 we will offer booked tours throughout the year, and in addition will offer drop in tours at set times during the summer months. Tours are normally of one hour duration, and most tours are given by trained volunteers.

During 2017 visitors can join an introductory tour at 11.30 am or 2 pm on any Thursday or Friday, or at 11.30 am on Saturdays, during June, July and August. Each tour has a capacity of 15 and places will be offered to visitors at the price of £7.50, instead of the normal garden admission charge.

Booked ‘Introduction to the Botanic Garden’ group tours continue to be available on weekdays throughout the year starting at any time from 10 am to 3 pm. Two new subject tours are also being offered this year: ‘The History of the Botanic Garden’; and ‘Introduction to the Harcourt Arboretum’. Other special subject and general garden tours led by horticultural staff can be booked on weekdays at 11 am and 2 pm.

All group tours should be booked at least 4 weeks in advance and a non-returnable deposit for the minimum charge will be taken at the time of booking. The normal group size is 15 people but larger groups can be accommodated. Those in excess of 20 people will be divided between 2 or more guides.

Tours led by the Director or the Curators and tours in the evenings or at weekends are also available on application. Tour packages including refreshments can be arranged for an additional charge.

To book a tour please contact our administrator on or telephone 01865 - 610305.


Tour prices for 2017*

Tour leader Charge per person Minimum charge/deposit
Volunteer £7.50 £112.50
Horticultural staff £9.00 £135.00
Curator/Director £13.00 £195.00


*We ask for the minimum charge as a non-returnable deposit in advance to secure your booking.