Secondary school visits at the Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden is a world-class university botanic garden with outstanding collections from around the globe. Our sessions are not classroom-based and include a variety of hands-on activities. All sessions are designed to support the curriculum whilst promoting a love of the natural environment, to support and encourage future generations of botanists and conservationists. 

About school visits

We offer a range of sessions for Key Stage 3, 4, 5 and further education groups. Each session lasts between 90 minutes and 2 hours and has a maximum capacity of 35 students.

Please note that there is a charge for all education sessions. Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Sessions do not include a general tour of the Garden, so please make sure you book extra time with us if you wish to explore afterwards.

Please note, it is also possible to arrange joint visits to the Botanic Garden with any of our partner sites, which include: Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Ashmolean Museum, History of Science Museum, Bodleian Library or Pitt Rivers Museum. If you would like to discuss a joint booking, please email

Cross-curricular sessions

Bespoke sessions and cross-curricular sessions are available at the Garden. Please contact to discuss your needs.


Session Max numbers Charge
Secondary school half-day session facilitated by Education Officer 35 £100.00
Secondary school full-day session facilitated by Education Officer 35 £200.00
Bespoke school programmes (full day, selection of workshops) Flexible Contact us
Indoor lunch space at the Botanic Garden (45 minutes) 35 £20.00

How to book

If you would like to make a booking for any of our sessions, please fill out our booking enquiry form.

To discuss any bespoke programmes, joint visits to any of our partner sites, or if you have any questions about our sessions you can email us directly at or call 01865 286 693. You will receive a booking confirmation with our standard terms and conditions. An invoice will follow.

Not a Secondary School?

The Arboretum is here to support education beyond Secondary School level. It is an excellent location for groups from colleges, adult education establishments and Universities to visit as part of their courses. Our Education teams can arrange bespoke sessions to suit the specification and degree of difficulty required for any group. Please get in touch with Lauren Baker at to discuss your exact requirements.

Information for your visit

Find out more about how to prepare for your visit, what to expect during it and follow-up activities for afterwards.

Not a UK school?

Our school visits are also suitable for international curricula such as the International Baccalaureate. If you would like to book your visit and/or you are from outside the UK, please contact Lauren Baker via