Beautiful Botanical Gardens, Oxford


outdoor learning

Last weekend John was away in Berlin so Mr A and I thought it would be fun to take a road trip of our own. As we had been invited to an event in Bicester we decided why not explore the beautiful town of Oxford as well and we are so glad we did as it's such a wonderful place and so visualising inspiring. As always whenever we go anywhere we always look for some kind of outdoor natural space and when we discovered that the Botanical Gardens were literally a stones throw from the Eastgate Mercure Hotel we were staying in it seemed like the perfect place to spend the mid morning.

climbing rocks

flower photography

growing pumpkins


It was really peaceful inside this walled garden and offered a lot of free range fun for Mr A as well as learning opportunities. We really enjoyed looking at all the late autumn crops they had growing including butternut squash, pumpkins, kale and brussels sprouts. There we also two large ponds filled with fish and ducks and two large greenhouses that had the biggest cacti we had ever seen.

free range fun

It was such a simple pleasure spending time in this gardens and a waterway also passes through the gardens so it was wonderful to walk along that and see the punting boats moored up. I highly recommended it if your visiting Oxford. We also spent some time in the Natural History Museum which I will share with you soon.


  1. It is a happy thing to have a travel with family, what a beautiful day.

  2. I love Botanical Gardens! Great photos and it looks like you guys had a great time :)

  3. It looks a lovely place to explore with plenty to see. i love the way Mr A is touching the plant there to see just what it feels like. Sounds like a lovely road trip. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  4. We live fairly close to Oxford but have never been to the Botanical Gardens despite me being a bit of a gardening enthusiast. It looks a lovely peaceful spot - will have to plan a visit.

  5. What a beautiful place to explore. Love your photos - they look so Autumnal with gorgeous splashes of colour.

  6. Oh I love botanical gardens. We have one near our house. I need to go explore some time. So great when they get to just be free range.

  7. I really want to go back to Oxford, I used to live there when I was little. Gorgeous pics, love the boat one x

  8. I used to live in Oxford really loved it. Walking along the canal is great. Love discovering the Botanical gardens and so nice it had seasonal offerings.

  9. Oxford is such a beautiful place to visit, we keep saying we'll plan a weekend there but never get around to it...gorgeous photos as always xx

  10. Lovely autumnal photos :) I was in Oxford two years ago for a wedding and stumbled upon the gardens; they are so so beautiful!
    ~ Marcella

  11. I LOVE visiting gardens - if you're ever down South, make sure you go to Gilbert White's house and garden, it's incredible. I love the photos, the little squashes look great!

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