In line with updated Government advice both the Botanic Garden and Arboretum are open to the public. To visit the Botanic Garden or the Arboretum we strongly recommend pre-booking a ticket.
Pre-booked tickets are strongly recommended
The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority, therefore to ensure everyone’s safety you are strongly advised to book a time slot for your visit. This enables us to monitor the number of visitors and prevent overcrowding. We recommend booking your time slot online in advance to guarantee a place, as there are limited tickets available for each time slot. Please note, if you are travelling by public transport to the Arboretum, you do not need to pre-book a ticket. Many of our events require pre-booking for all customers- please check the event pages directly for information.
Book your time slot for the Arboretum
Book your time slot for the Garden
Please note that the Garden and Arboretum are two separate sites, approximately 6 miles apart, and require two separate tickets.
How does my time slot work?
Tickets are available in time slots that run every 30 minutes throughout the day. You will be required to enter within the 30 minutes of your chosen time slot. If you arrive outside this time frame you will be refused entrance.
Please check your ticket date and time carefully before booking, as all tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable, as per our terms and conditions.
What do I need to bring?
- Visitors that qualify for free entry- including Friends of OBGA, Annual Pass holders, Oxford University Staff or Students- must present a valid ID upon arrival, as our staff cannot check memberships on our system. Anyone that does not bring their card will need to buy a day ticket for their visit.
- If you have pre-booked a time slot, you must have your ticket with you (either on a phone or printed out). You will not be allowed entry without this, as our Front of House staff cannot check bookings.
- If you have purchased a Concessions ticket then please ensure you bring a valid ID.
Before you set out to visit us, please check our website for updates in case of last-minute changes to opening days/hours. If your time slot has been cancelled by us due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a new time slot that suits you.
Getting to us
Travel in line with the latest government guidance for your area. Please note, Oxford Botanic Garden does not have car parking, the nearest car park is St Clement's car park. Harcourt Arboretum has limited car parking available, so we recommend pre-booking your ticket to avoid disappointment. If travelling by public transport to the Arboretum you do not need to pre-book your ticket. The following buses stop at Baldon Lane in Nuneham Courtenay, directly opposite the pedestrian entrance to Harcourt Arboretum: 45, X38, X39 River Rapids and the X40.
Please note, dogs are not permitted at either site, with the exception of registered assistance dogs (these may be required to wear an identification coat or marker on their lead or harness).
How long can I stay?
A typical visit to the Botanic Garden and the Arboretum lasts approximately an hour and a half. To ensure that the maximum number of people can enjoy their visit safely we ask that everyone spends no more than two hours visiting us.