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 tours are given by trained volunteers.

Visitors to the Garden can join an introductory drop-in tour at 2.30pm each day during August, except for Sundays, Mondays and Saturday 12th August when there are no tours. Each tour has a capacity of 15 and places cost £2.50 in addition to your entrance ticket. 

Booked ‘Introduction to the Botanic Garden’ 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.

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.