Visit the Arboretum

The Arboretum has been part of the University of Oxford since 1947. Its 130 acres contain the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire, with some of the oldest redwoods in the UK.



Opening hours

Winter Sheep Arboretum

December - February

Open Tuesday to Friday
10.00am until 4.00pm (Mondays from 12.00pm)
Last admission 3.15pm
(Closed at weekends)
Please note: The Arboretum will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January inclusive.
Oak Tree in Spring at the Arboretum


Tuesday to Saturday
10.00am until 4.00pm (Mondays from 12.00pm)
Last admission 3.15pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 
11.00am until 4.00pm
Peacock Butterfly on Brambles

April to October

Tuesday to Saturday
10.00am until 5.00pm (Mondays from 12.00pm)
Last admission 4.15pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00am until 5.00pm
Last admission 4.15pm
arboretum in autumn


Tuesday to Saturday
10.00am until 4.00pm (Mondays from 12.00pm)
Last admission 3.15pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 
11.00am until 4.00pm

Explore the Collections

sea of daffodils at arb

What's looking good

A round up of this season's highlight specimens

Admissions charges

Adults: £5.45

Adults + Gift Aid: £6.00

Children under 16: Free*

*must be accompanied by a paying family member

(valid for 1 year from date of purchase): £20.00, or £16.50 for concessions.

You could also consider becoming a Friend of the Oxford Botanical Garden and Arboretum for unlimited etnry to here and 12 other botanical gardens across the country for £35 a year. 

Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Kew, Edinburgh, Wales, Ness and Birmingham Botanic Gardens may enter for free with their membership card. 

Concessions include senior citizens (over 65), unemployed, University of Oxford Alumni, non-Oxford students. Proof of concessionary status is required at the point of purchase.

Concessionary Day Ticket: £4.00

(with Gift Aid): £4.50

Registered disabled and carer: Free

Arboretum for everyone

timothy walker and friends guided tour jw 009

Guided Tours

Enrich your visit with a guided tour of the Arboretum. As well as general introductions, we can offer specialist tours with our staff, including those with a focus on the history of the site or our botanical collections.

Arboretum Family Friendly Picnic (Wallman Lo Res)


There's so much for families to do at the Arboretum. Marvel at our giant trees or look for creepy crawlies in the undergrowth! Don't forget to visit our resident four-legged friends – ask at the ticket office to find out whether we have any pigs or sheep on site at the moment.

Foray Group

Group Visits

Whether your interested in science and conservation, or looking for the perfect spot for a stroll among seasonal delights, there's always something to see at the Arboretum. Book your group visit now.  
Primary School Students at Harcourt Arboretum

School visits

We offer school visits for primary and secondary schools across a range of subjects: science, art, geography and citizenship. Our interactive sessions are all held outdoors. Our aim is to inspire children and students to become the next generation of ecologists, botanists and conservators by understanding and appreciating our natural environment and the threats it faces. 

How to get here


Public transport

The Arboretum is served by the X38/X39/X40 route from Oxford to Wallingford and Reading. If travelling from Oxford, your journey from the bus stop on St Aldates should take around 10 minutes. Alight at the second bus stop in Nuneham Courtenay and cross the road to enter via the pedestrian entrance at the bottom of our car park. If travelling from Reading, your journey should take around one hour. Alight at the first bus stop in Nuneham Courtenay and enter through the pedestrian entrance at the bottom of our car park. For more details, please see the Thames Travel website

Cars and cycling

From Oxford: On the Eastern Bypass, head to Heyford Hill Roundabout, and take the exit for the A4074 to Reading. The Arboretum is on the right, just as you leave the village of Nuneham Courtenay.

From Reading: Follow the A4074 to Oxfordshire. The Arboretum is on the left, just as you enter the village of Nuneham Courtenay. 

Cyclists coming from Oxford are recommended to come via Cowley Road, Hollow Way and the B480, then through Toot Baldon and Marsh Baldon to avoid busy roads. 

Access and facilities

As there are no refreshment facilities available at the Arboretum, visitors are very welcome to bring a picnic. Toilet facilities, including an adapted toilet and baby changing, are available in the Lodge during opening hours.

Detailed access information is available here.

Dogs are not permitted at the Arboretum, with the exception of registered assistance dogs (these may be required to wear a indentification coat or marker on their lead or harness).

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