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Parks and nature in Oxford

Top nature recommendations from locals

Park
“70 acres of riverside parkland with areas for sport, plus a large collection of landscaped flora”
  • 40 locals recommend
Field
“Unspoilt ancient meadow by the River Thames for walks, wild ponies, bird watching and wildflowers”
  • 38 locals recommend
Field
“Iconic meadows and gardens belonging to University of Oxford, complete with long horn cows and river views. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden was founded in 1621 as a physic garden growing plants for medicinal research. Today it contains over 6,000 different plant species on 1.8 ha”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Open green space over 50 acres with paths and children's playground, plus views over the city”
  • 15 locals recommend
Trail
“A large reserve of natural hilly woodland overlooking Oxford, great for walking, hill running and trail biking. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Its a super lovely local park for a walk (about 10-15 mins from the home). But you can also get drinks/food, play tennis or table tennis, bowls. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“A great local park on the left as you leave the shopping area of Headington, opposite the Cooperative Food store. It has an enclosed children's area, and a wide open area for strolling. It also has public toilets by the roadside entrance, which are not very pleasant but serviceable and can be useful with little children in tow. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Cutteslowe Park is 42 hectares of well kept park, proudly flying the Green Flag which rewards the best green spaces in the country. It has something for everyone. There is a children's pool, crazy golf, a small aviary, a garden centre with lots of surprises, a duck pond, a cafe, sports facilities, tennis courts and lots of space to walk and play. A miniature steam railway is run in the summer by the City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers - see their website for timings (www.cosme.org.uk/timetable.html). The park is open all day, every day although some activities do have time restrictions.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“South Park occupies 50 acres of open space, with magnificent views overlooking Oxford. It is open all day, every day and is 5 minutes walk from Cowley Road in East Oxford. There is free parking available along Morrell Avenue, Cheney Lane and Warneford Lane. The nearest car parks are a short walk away at Marston Road and Union Street”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“small nature reserve by the river, wear waterproof shoes / wellingtons if it's been raining!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“This is a large playground for older kids. Open to the public on weekdays. Look it up before going as there may be a seasonal change in open hours. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Iffley lock on the River Thames is one of the oldest pound locks in England, originally built in 1631 and still in constant use. The lock and the adjacent lock house, stone foot bridge and moorings form an idyllic river setting, frequented by ducks, geese, swans and moorhens. It is a favourite route for walkers between Iffley village and the Thames towpath.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Field
“small nature reserve by the river, wear waterproof shoes / wellingtons if it's been raining!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Slick monochrome bar with Philippe Starck sofas, plus a separate games room with a black pool table.”
  • 1 local recommends