There’s something for everyone at Oxford’s parks and meadows, from idyllic riverside lawns, walking and wetlands teeming with wildlife for general getting away from the crowds.
University of Oxford Park
The University parks are located on the east of the river Cherwell. The University Parks can be accessed from parks roads. They cover approximately 70 acres in area and include areas for football, tennis and cricket as well as a general play area at the western end are the most prominent features.
There are flower-filled meadows loved by visitors during their visit and an awe-inspiring new beautiful garden, with outdoor spaces boasting jogging area, play areas and peaceful spaces.
Open from 8am until dusk. Free entry.
Address: Parks Road, City Center.
Botanical Garden Oxford
Oxford University botanical garden is Britain’s oldest botanic garden located near the centre of the Oxford city. It is a classic seventeenth century walled garden. When founded in 1621, so much money was spent on the walls that little was left for plants.
Botanical Garden is a nicely planned garden with beds laid out to reflect its past as a teaching garden for botanical medicines. Also has a wildflower garden some good greenhouses to view. Visitors can get inspired and taking home with lots of ideas for how they can improve their garden. Some visitors are fortunate and also see some squirrel’s burying chestnuts for winter!
The Garden absolutely stunning! Beautifully laid out; fascinating glasshouses; glorious views of the city of dreaming. Highly recommended!
February – 9.00am to 4.00pm, last admission 3.15pm
March-April – 9.00am to 5.00pm, last admission 4.15pm
May-August – 9.00am to 6.00pm, last admission 5.15pm
September-October – 9.00am to 5.00pm, last admission 4.15pm
Day Ticket – £4.50
Concessionary Day Ticket* – £3.00
Children in full-time education accompanied by an adult family member – Free
Registered disabled and carer – Free
Oxford and Oxford Brookes students and staff – Free
Friends of OBGHA, Kew, Edinburgh, Wales, Ness and Birmingham Botanic Gardens – Free
Annual Pass (valid for 1 year from date of purchase) – £15.50
Concessionary Annual Pass* – £13.00* senior citizens, unemployed, University of Oxford Alumni, non-Oxford students
Christ Church Meadow
Christ Church Meadows walk is one the most beautiful sight that visitors can see in Oxford from Christ Church down to the Thames or Isis. The Meadows can be accessed from St. Aldate’s through the memorial gardens, from Christ Church itself, from Merton Street between Christ Church and Merton College, from Rose Lane by the Botanical Gardens and from the north river path. One of the nicest walks in Oxford is the roughly 2km long path around. The meadows themselves are rectangular in shape and a path runs around them alongside the Thames and the Cherwell.
Old trees line the path, students sit on benches or leaning onto the roots of a huge chestnut or beech tree reading academic books, tourists daring enough try to manoeuver their punt on River Cherwell, Many of the boat houses can be accessed at the south east corner of the meadows.
Address: Access from St. Aldates (wheelchair access) or Rose Lane, off High Street. Free
Port Meadow is the largest open country public field that stretches as far as the eye can see,there are plenty of footpaths to walk you can cross bridges over the River Thames in Oxford. It is a calming spot along the River Thames on the outskirts of Oxford and measures approximately 440 acres. The land has never been ploughed or farmed. Its history stretches back to 2000BC.Bronze Age people buried their dead in these meadow, and Iron Age people grazed their livestock and lived on the meadow during the summer months. William Turner was inspired to paint his early landscapes here. Lewis Carroll rowed Alice Liddell and related Alice in Wonderland to her. And Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote Binsey Poplars, a Victorian ode against the felling of trees for a railway line. Large areas of Port Meadow are flooded for much of the year, attracting flocks of migratory birds.
Address: Access from Walton Well Road, Aristotle Lane, or Wolvercote
Magdalen College Deer Park
Looking north from the bridge usually provides a view across to the deer park. It is a quiet place which has amazing views. Magdalen College deer park is a treasured green space in the busy Oxford city. Magdalen’s grounds are gorgeous and have the river running through it. Look out for punts in the summer months – maybe try punting for yourselves. You can hire one from under Magdalen Bridge.
Magdalen’s deer park is open from 1pm until 6pm daily.
Admission Adults £4.50; seniors, children, students £3.50, free for Bodleian card holders and Oxford residents
Address: Access from Magdalen College, High Street.
One of Oxford’s largest parks with more than 50 acres. There are several events organized here in summer.
Address: Morrell Avenue, Oxford OX4 1NT
Headington Hill Park
Headington Hill Park is a park on Headington Hill in the east of Oxford, England Headington Hill Park is a frequent location for Creation Theatre Company’s open-air performances during the summer.
Opening hours vary greatly, but are mainly between 8am and dusk.
Address: Headington, Oxford OX3 0ED
Shotover Country Park
Shotover Country Park is located beyond Headington, Shotover Hill is a lovely rambling area of unmanaged woodland. Where you can be one with nature. Shotover Country Park covers 117 hectares (289 acres) on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill. The views are amazing from the top across south Oxfordshire. The park has many hidden valleys, varied landscapes and diverse habitats, remarkable wildlife and an ideal setting for peaceful enjoyment in the lap of nature. Shotover is open to everyone and free of charge and it is ideal for a summer picnic with family and friends, leisurely strolls, a walk with the dog, jogging, riding, or orienteering.
Tel: 01865 252240