This summer, why not take a tour around some of Oxford’s most elegant and established college gardens?
With exclusive open days provided by The National Garden Scheme, take a tour around Oxford’s blissful city-centre gardens and explore the hidden historical tales and charming panoramic views concealed inside. With viewpoints of Christ Church meadow to wonderful walled gardens, discover our must-see college gardens that we can’t wait to pop on down to this summer.
1. Merton College Oxford Fellows’ Garden
Boasting a glorious collection of ancient mulberry, that are renowned to have connotations to James I, the Merton College Oxford Fellows’ Garden is a secluded spot that is straight at the top of our summer break itinerary.
On Sunday 23rd July, The National Garden Scheme will be opening Merton College’s garden gates to the public. Open all day from between the hours of 10:00am until 17:00pm, these gardens are filled with fragrant shrubs and are illuminated with a tranquil terrace walkway, just waiting to be explored.
2. Christ Church Masters’, Pocock & Cathedral Gardens
Encompassing three wonderful walled gardens, Christ Church Masters’, Pocock & Cathedral Gardens are a unique collection of outdoor spaces that are not normally open to the public. Combining an array of Mediterranean planting styles and exotic borders, this garden is a delight for the senses. Unique in style and design, this garden also has an incredible history, with links back to Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.
With exclusive access from The National Garden Scheme, Christ Church Masters’, Pocock & Cathedral Gardens will be open from 10:00am-16:00pm on Saturday 2nd September, with children entering for free and adults costing £5 per person.
3. Trinity College
Last but not least on our summertime schedule are the tremendous Trinity College gardens. With glorious listed buildings and beautiful quadrangle courtyards, these charming gardens are enriched with a selection of mature trees and vibrant planting schemes. With ongoing restoration plans in the works, we were delighted to hear that the private President’s Gardens will also be open for tours.
Running all day on Sunday 10th September from 10:00am-16:00pm, you can buy your tickets on arrival or if you’d prefer, you can even book your tickets in advance. Refreshments will also be available in support of local charities in the college’s dining hall.