Visit the Arboretum

The Arboretum has been part of the Botanic Garden since 1963 and contains some of the finest conifer collections in the UK, set within 130 acres of historic Picturesque landscape. 



Opening hours

Winter Sheep Arboretum

December - February

Open Monday to Friday
10.00am until 4.00pm
Last admission 3.15pm
(Closed at weekends)
Please note: The Arboretum will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January inclusive.
Coal Tit Bird Arboretum


Monday to Saturday
10.00am until 4.00pm 
Last admission 3.15pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 
11.00am until 4.00pm
Peacock Butterfly on Brambles

April to October

Monday to Saturday
10.00am until 5.00pm 
Last admission 4.15pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00am until 5.00pm
Last admission 4.15pm
arboretum in autumn


Monday to Saturday
10.00am until 4.00pm
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

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

Family Craft Event Arboretum 3

Guided Tours

Arboretum Family Friendly Picnic (Wallman Lo Res)


Foray Group

Group Visits

Primary School Students at Harcourt Arboretum

School visits

How to get here

Get online directions
By car
On public transport

Oxford Lodge,
Peacock Gate,
Nuneham Courtenay
OX44 9PX

01865 610 305



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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