Guided Tours

Guided Tours in 2018

During 2018 we will offer booked tours throughout the year. Tours are normally of one hour duration, and tours are given by trained volunteers.

Booked group tours are 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.

Introduction to the Botanic Garden: this tour introduces visitors to the layout and structure of the garden, its various plant collections and to the important developments made during recent years. 

History of the Botanic Garden: this tour explains how the garden has evolved over nearly 400 years. Guides will introduce you to some of the more important characters involved and to many of the changes made during this period.

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.

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.