Visiting during coronavirus

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 visiting

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.

What has changed? 

In line with updated government advice, the Conservatory and Upper Range Glasshouses (Carnivorous, Water Lily, Cloud Forest and Plants from High Places Glasshouses) are open from May 17th, with one-way systems in place. The Lower Range Glasshouses (Rainforest and Arid Glasshouses) and Herbarium Room remain closed. Our toilet facilities at the Garden are open to the public (but this may be subject to change) with additional cleaning and social distancing measures in place. Temporary toilets (including an accessible toilet) are open for public use at Harcourt Arboretum, and are located at the top of the car park.

You can explore the Glasshouses virtually with our virtual visit

Help us keep you and our staff safe

We need your help in following these rules so we can remain open and safe for everyone. Please respect social distancing guidance at all times. Unfortunately, if we see that the following rules are not being observed, we will have to take immediate action, including asking people to leave or closing entirely.

  • You should not visit if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Keep 2m away from other people 
  • From July 19th, we strongly request all visitors wear a face-covering when inside the Welcome Centre and our glasshouses
  • Regularly wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Check the NHS guidelines for more information 
  • Come prepared with your own hand sanitiser and tissues
  • If you fall into one of the vulnerable groups then please postpone your visit until it is safe to do so 
  • Please refrain from approaching our horticultural and arboricultural teams whilst they work as they are social distancing and will therefore be unable to answer questions 


Further information available on our FAQs page


good to go england

We have been awarded "we're good to go" status for our safety measures.


Unable to visit? 

We understand that not everybody has the opportunity to visit the Garden and Arboretum at the moment.
We will continue to share stories and images from our collections for you to enjoy from the safety of your home.