University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The oldest Botanic Garden in Britain


The borders are fully accessible, but some of the glasshouse areas might be a squeeze for larger wheelchairs, as the paths are quite narrow.  There is a step up to the exhibition room, but a portable ramp is available for level access.  While some of the areas might be a bit of a tight squeeze, there are photographs and some information on plant names and habits at  Audio trails to download can be found at



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The level access to the Botanic Garden is off Rose Lane.  Parking on Rose Lane itself is not advised as the road is narrow and used as a pedestrian route by students.  There is a car park available on Rose Lane, but as this is owned by Magdalene College, the Botanic Gardens cannot guarantee a space.  Please enquire about on-site parking in advance by contacting reception.  Alternatively, the nearest Blue Badge spaces are on Merton Street (watch out for the cobbles!)

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 The main entrance to the gardens is down a set of steps from the High Street.  For level access, head down Rose Lane, and there is a black metal gate with intercom on almost immediately your left hand side (the car park is further down on the right  hand side).  Press the button and the end of the gate will open to allow level access.  From here, follow the path around to the right to reach the small archway into the gardens.  Head into the ticket office on your left to purchase your tickets (entry is free for disabled visitors and their companions, but you still need to go through the office).

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Standard Toilets

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Men's and Women's toilets are located next to the accessible toilet. 


Accessible toilets

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 Exit reception, walk past the conservatory, and turn left to reach the toilets.  Go through the Iron Gate, and the accessible toilet is about halfway down on your left hand side.  Please take care as the door is on quite a tight spring closure.  The toilets will be locked just before the gardens close each evening.

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hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is no hearing support system available. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Please check the website at for weather closures and definitive opening times. 

Opening times

November - February
Open daily 9.00am until 4.00pm
Last admission 3.15pm

We will be closed on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day.

March - April
9.00am until 5.00pm
Last admission 4.15pm

May - August
9.00am until 6.00pm
Last admission 5.15pm

September - October
9.00am until 5.00pm
Last admission 4.15pm


Inaccessible areas

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Some areas of the glasshouses will be too narrow for wheelchair users.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Automatic
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 1
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors N/A
Hearing support system No