The Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission To promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature. In the almost 400 years since then, although many people and plants have been involved in the history of the Garden, we continue to educate as many people as possible about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants around the world and to support teaching and research at the University and beyond.

Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, glasshouses that take you around the World or simply relax in the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain. The Botanic Garden is the most compact, yet diverse collection of plants in the World right in the heart of the city centre and is open throughout the year for you to visit and enjoy.

Winter Developments

Please be aware that we are undertaking some exciting new changes to the displays in our glasshouses over the winter months and undertaking improvements in other areas of the Garden. This may mean that some or all of our glasshouses may be closed during your visit and some areas of the Garden may not be accessible. If there is something you particularly would like to see during your visit, we would advise phoning beforehand. We apologise for any disruption, but look forward to sharing our exciting new displays with you in the spring!

Closure notices for the winter period:

  • Please note that we are now closed every Monday morning until 12.00.  This is to allow our teams to undertake major works and maintenance to the gardens and glasshouses.
  • On Friday 1st Decemeber the Botanic Garden will be closed from 12:00 noon, with last admission at 11:15, in preparation for our Christmas Fair (taking place on 2nd and 3rd Dec).
  • On Wednesday 13th December the Botanic Garden will be closed from 12:00 noon, with last admission at 11:15, and Harcourt Arboretum will be closed all day.
  • The Botanic Garden will be closed to the public on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th & 26th December), and will reopen on 27th Decemeber.
  • Harcourt Arboretum will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January inclusive.