Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Date of Adventure: 18 May, 2023

We call this place Oxford’s jungle and it’s easy to see why! Head straight to The Glasshouses on arrival and they’ll transport you around the world: Carnivorous, Water Lily, Cloud Forest, Plants from High Places, Rainforest and Arid all offer not only different plants but different atmospheres too. Our favourite is the rainforest, which feels like a wall of heat as you enter, similar to when you get off a plane on holiday and the humidity hits you. We love this place and are annual pass holders so are here ALL the time.

The plants inside the glasshouses are like nothing we have seen before in real life, but we recognise quite a few from our nature books and love having a read of the many information boards dotted around. These experiences provoke so much thought and action in young children and the exploration of the natural world creates lasting positive relationships with it. So mind opening.

As well as The Glasshouses there is also The Walled Garden and The Lower Garden; do have s stroll along the paths and admire the borders and collections. There are lots of delights for children to spot too, from seasonal flowers (snowdrops in February and bluebells in May) to fish in ponds, plus the Cheshire Cat grinning down from a tree and Lyra’s bench from ‘His Dark Materials’ book by Philp Pullman (one for the grown ups!)

Bring a picnic and treat yourself to a coffee and G&Ds ice cream from the Jericho Coffee Traders van. There’s something rather delightful about sitting on a picnic blanket on a sunny day.

The Botanic Gardens are on the Gardener’s World 2-for-1 list and with under 16’s going free, it makes it a very reasonable day out.



Adult: £7.20
Children U16: Free
Oxford Uni employees: Free
Card payments only
March to June: 10am - 5pm.
July to August: 10am t - 6pm.
September and October: 10am - 5pm.
November to February: 10am - 4pm.

Last admission an hour before closing
No pre-booking
Jericho Coffee Traders van selling hot and cold drinks, pastries and G&D ice creams
Accessible for all
8 minutes from Headington roundabout
Any bus that goes to town. There is no parking at the Botanic Gardens so public transport is the best option, or cycle.
Limited parking at nearby St Clements
The details


Rose Lane, OX1 4AZ

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Did you


Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the UK, and home to over 5,000 different plant species.

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