In 1947 the University of Oxford acquired Harcourt Arboretum, 8.8km (5½ miles) south of Oxford and it is now run as part of the botanic garden complex.
What to see at the Harcourt Arboretum
The Harcourt Arboretum is a separate garden near the village of Nuneham Courtenay. It is a much larger complex that occupies what were originally the grounds of Nuneham House.
The grounds include four-hectares (10-acres) of English woodland and a 150-hectare (37-acre) summer flowering meadow.
The leaf colours are lovely if you’re visiting the arboretum during autumn and the bluebells brighten up the woodland landscape in the springtime. You can also glimpse wildlife here including peacocks, deer, hares and foxes.
Visiting the Harcourt Arboretum
The Harcourt Arboretum is a separate garden near Nuneham Courtenay, 8.8km (5½ miles) south of Oxford. It is around 10 minutes from Oxford by bus with bus routes X38, X39 and X40 stopping here en route from Oxford to Reading and Wallingford. If you’re driving, there is free parking inside the gates.
Most areas of the arboretum are wheelchair accessible, although it is best to avoid the shady woodland areas where paths may be steep and uneven.
It is a lovely spot for a picnic but there is no cafe on site, nor is there much of a choice of places to eat in Nuneham Courtney.