Planning Your Visit
The Glasshouses - During spring the glasshouses are undergoing a programme of restoration. The Conservatory and the Palm House are open but all other glasshouses will be closed.
The Fernery is being re-soiled and replanted with new ferns added to the collections. The Lily pond has developed a significant leak and is being repaired. The heating will also be repaired so the water can be maintained at a constant temperature. The giant waterlily Victoria cruziana will return to the pond in late spring.
The Carnivorous House is being re-soiled and replanted with new plants added to the collections.
The Alpine House, The Fernery, Lily House, Carnivorous House and the Arid House will reopen on Saturday 21st March.
Access and Facilities
As there are no refreshment facilities available at the Botanic Garden our visitors are very welcome to bring a picnic with them. Toilet facilities including an adapted toilet and baby change are available from March to October 7 days a week, but only on weekends during the winter unless by prior arrangement. The Botanic Garden (including the glasshouses) is fully wheelchair accessible. There is also a wheelchair available to borrow. Please call ahead to the ticket office (01865 610300) to reserve the wheelchair.
There is no public car parking available at the Botanic Garden. The nearest public car park is the St Clement's car park (currently around 30 spaces, OX4 1AB) which is 5 minutes' walk from the Garden, or the temporary car park further along the Marston Road (70 spaces, OX3 0EE), about 10 minutes' walk. There are 5 Park and Ride sites around the city and we encourage visitors to use these. The nearest bus stops are on St Clement's or at Queen's Lane. The nearest disabled parking is on Merton Street and the High Street. Coaches and mini-buses can drop groups off on Magdalen Bridge which is directly adjacent to the Garden. The Garden is a 20-minute walk from the train station.
Please note - in the event of severe weather conditons the Botanic Garden may close to visitors at short notice.
We encourage all our visitors to take responsibility for their own waste. We do not provide waste bins at the Botanic Garden.
We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.