The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum

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Located just 6 miles south of Oxford in the village of Nuneham Courtenay, the Harcourt Arboretum is an integral part of the plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. With 130 acres of ornamental trees, woods and wildflower meadow, there is plenty of space to explore and a wide variety of things to see.

Venue Type:

Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

April - November open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.15)
December - March open Mon-Fri (closed at weekends) 10.00-16.00 (last admission 15.30)

Closed: December - March weekends
22nd December - 3rd January

Admission charges

Adults: £3.80
Concessions: £3.00
Children: Free

The Arboretum's colours and atmosphere change with the seasons, from the yellow daffodils and the purple haze of the bluebells in the spring, through to the glorious azaleas and rhododendrons. The summer brings out the flowers in the wildflower meadow, and the rich reds, oranges and golds of the maples provide colour throughout the autumn.

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • Wildflower meadow
  • Oak woodland
  • Lime woodland
  • Specimen trees
  • Bluebells
  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Camellias
  • Acers
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Arboretum Explorers' Backpacks

Come and borrow one of our family-friendly Arboretum Explorers’ Backpacks from the ticket office, and a world of exploration and investigation will open up to you. Use the activities inside to help focus your walk around our 130 acre site, as you discover our trees, woodlands and wildflower meadow.
This year we have two brand new backpacks available: “Finding” and “Playing”. They contain a selection of activities suitable for a range of ages, and are packed full of ideas to help you get the most from your visit to the Arboretum.

How to obtain

Free with entry (adults £3.80, children free)
No booking required.
Collect from the ticket office.

The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum
Harcourt Arboretum
Nuneham Courtenay
OX44 9PX




01865 343501

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