Visit the Garden

Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, glasshouses that take you around the world, or simply relax in the UK’s oldest botanic garden. With nearly 6,000 different types of plant, the Garden is a year-round oasis of biodiversity, right in the heart of the city.

 

 

Opening hours

The Walled Garden in Winter

November to February

Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Monday, 12pm to 4pm

(Last admission 3.15pm)

danby gate arch in spring

March and April

Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Monday, 12pm to 5pm

(Last admission 4.15pm)

The Walled Garden

May to August

Daily, 9am to 6pm

(May only) Monday, 12pm to 6pm

(Last admission 5.15pm)

Raindrops on Katsura Leaves

September and October

Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Monday, 12pm to 5pm

(Last admission 4.15pm)

What's here?

The Lily House

Looking Good Now

Find out about the highlight specimens in season. 

Admissions charges

Adult: £5.45

Adult + 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 Botanical Garden 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

Plants for everyone

Storytelling at the Garden

Familes

The Garden is a wonderful place for children. As well as trails, we can lend you family-friendly backpacks that will open up a world of exploration and investigation. Adults are encouraged to try the activities and use the equipment with their children to help everyone get more from their walk around the Garden and Glasshouses. 
girl with flute

School visits

We run taught sessions based around National Curricula for nursery, primary and secondary schools. School sessions include a variety of hands-on activities, such as arts and crafts, and group discussions (with games and challenges for primary school groups).  We aim to promote a love of the natural environment, to support and encourage future generations of botanists and conservationists.
Herbaceous Border (Wallman Lo Res)

Group visits

We welcome all sorts of groups to the Botanic Garden every year – from horticultural societies to summer schools. Whether it's science, history, or conservation that you're interested in, or if you're just looking for inspiration or a peaceful spot, you'll find it here. Find out about booking a group visit to the UK's oldest botanic garden.
Tour Group

Guided tours

Enrich your visit with a guided tour of the Botanic Garden. As well as an introduction to the Garden, we can also offer specialist tours including those with a focus on the history of the site or our botanical collections.

How to get here

Access and facilities

During the summer months, a pop-up café with a covered seating area is available for visitors to purchase hot and cold drinks, as well as a selection of cakes and ice cream. Visitors are very welcome to bring picnics with them; there are plenty of benches. Oxford city centre also has a wide range of cafés and resturants less than ten minutes' walk from the Garden. Toilet facilities, including an adapted toilet and baby changing, are available March to November every day, but only on weekends during the winter unless by prior arrangement. 

If you have any queries ahead of your visit, please contact us at admin@obg.ox.ac.uk

Wheelchair accessibility

The Botanic Garden (including the glasshouses) is fully wheelchair accessible. We have a wheelchair available for public use: please note this must be booked in advance at out Ticket Office (telephone 01865 610 300).

Detailed access information is available here. A parking map for people with disabilities can be found here.

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

 

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