The Garden Landscape Guide

Harcourt Arboretum

Oxford University's arboretum occupies part of a famous park, Nuneham Courtney, designed by Lancelot Brown (not open to the public). Highlights are the bluebell wood in spring, wildflower meadow in summer and the Japanese acers in autumn. The Harcourt Arboretum, with its acid soil, open spaces and informal serpentine walks provides an interesting contrast to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Nuneham Courtenay, nr Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, OX44 9PX

Opens 10am, (11am on Sunday and Bank Holidays), last entry at 4.15 and closes at 5. Daily from March to November. Weekdays only from December to February, until 4pm. See our website for further information on opening times, and periods of closure as well as what's looking good.

Day ticket: Adults - £4.50 Concessions - £3.00 Children with an adult family member - FREE Disabled and carer - FREE Annual Pass - £15.50 Concessionary Annual Pass - £13.00

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  • about 3 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    A new Curator at Harcourt Arboretum and much work being carried out there including a new car park area,clearance and new pathways, new tree planting and innovative plans.
  • about 5 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    Not really impressed with Harcourt Arboretum. Limited areas for picnic and pricey!
  • over 5 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5

    Whilst recently visitng the Acer glade, a short pleasant moment, it was evident there was much more to enjoy in April May and June

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Harcourt Arboretum, Oxfordshire Photograph © Stuart Bryant