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Thenford Arboretum

  • 4.8

  • from 6 Google reviews

A bridge over a river in a forest
A bridge over a river in a forest

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About the garden

The arboretum is spread out over 70 acres, featuring a collection of more than 3000 different trees and shrubs. Extensive herbaceous borders, water gardens, an alpine trough garden, a sculpture garden, a rose garden and a rill can also be enjoyed together with a snowdrop collection featuring over 700 varieties.

The medieval fish ponds, their interconnecting canal and the existing lake have been restored and two new ones have been added.

The garden is open on selected days throughout the year, they happily welcome individuals and groups. Please be advised the perimeter of the gardens is extensive with rough terrain in some parts, which may not be suitable for everyone.

Opening times

The 2022 Season runs from February through to October on selective dates, please check the website for full details.

Useful details

Garden area

70 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


No - Children are discouraged from coming.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).



Oxford, OXON OX17

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 6 Google reviews

James M

a year ago


Beautiful Gardens, well worth the quite pricey entrance fee. One very surprising and disappointing policy to NOTE: NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THE GARDENS. Parts of this glorious property are simply stunning. The Rill - pictured - is a simple but beautiful water feature. The walled garden - pictured - is so wonderfully laid out and presented fabulously with the added bonus of an aviary. There are smaller gardens and features tucked away everywhere - see map - and what is immediately obvious on arrival is the whole landscape is percolated with wonderful sculptures and iron work. The parkland is delightful with lakes and fisheries to explore. There is a barn tea house with picnic benches. Parking is in the field in front of the main house. See website for disabled access.

chris lofts

8 months ago


Excellent arboretum, majestic trees, stocked borders and great walled garden. Also has water features and hot houses. A 'Kew' in Oxfordshire.

sharon parsons

a year ago


Absolutely brilliant place to spend a sunny afternoon. Will definitely be going back

Vivienne Maton

a year ago


Visited today for the first time & have already booked to go back in October. From arrival in the car park, organised very well you see the most beautiful elevation of Thenford House & wow how handsome is this house, simply beautiful. You then can sanitise your hands, scan the reader thingy forgot what it’s called ! Take a map and then at your leisure go on a walk through the gardens & arboretum. I cannot emphasise what an amazing place this is to visit, from the various trees, beautiful flowers , sculptures, lakes, water features & rill,& little church & finally end with a lovely drink & cake which was very reasonable at £3.50.. I loved this venue & am very grateful to have been privileged to have had the opportunity to visit, Thank You to The Hestletine Family. 🙂

Angela Thomas

6 months ago


A true delight to visit this beautiful garden.

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