Oxford, England

Harcourt Arboretum

The Harcourt Arboretum is a wonderful place to soak in the beauty and splendor of nature. You will be captivated by the experience as you walk beneath magnificent redwoods, stroll through wildflower meadows and pristine English woodlands that don a brightly hued carpet when bluebells are in bloom.

Since the 18th century

The Arboretum was founded when Archbishop Vernon Harcourt commissioned a pinetum (an arboretum for pines) in 1835. It was then purchased and expanded by the University of Oxford to include the woodlands and exotic plant species. However, some parts of the Harcourt estate like the meadows date back to the early 18th century. This beautiful, unspoiled 130-acre haven of lush greenery is a satellite of the University of Oxford Botanic Gardens.

Color and diversity

The Arboretum is home to 13000 native trees and turns brightly colored in spring when trees are in bloom. The park is exceptional in autumn when red, gold and yellow rule. A meandering pathway called the Serpentine Ride takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery through their special installations.

Harcourt Arboretum is a great destination for families. You can engage in free activities hosted by them to discover more about the enchanting kingdom of plants.


Handy tip

  • There are no cafés or restaurants at the Harcourt Arboretum. We suggest that you carry a picnic along for the day.