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A view of Oxford from South Park | © Vy Dan Tran
A view of Oxford from South Park | © Vy Dan Tran
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The Best Places To Enjoy Spring In Oxford

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The city has a variety of parks and gardens to hang out in when the sun is out during spring. While the high street and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden are popular choices, why not check out other spots such as Oxford University Parks are off the beaten track? Here are our best places to enjoy spring in Oxford.

High Street

In front of the south porch of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the one and only ancient tree would bloom as early as late March. Its pretty pink blossoms are one of the first signs of springtime, and its unique presence ensures no one misses it while walking down the high street. A few steps from the tree are some magnolia trees, which flower around April. This area on high street is one of the most famous photo spots for tourists visiting Oxford.

High Street, Oxford, OX1

Pink blossoms in front of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Pink blossoms framing the south porch of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin | © Vy Dan Tran
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University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. One of the first spring flowers visitors will see are tulips in all their vivid colours. Hidden away inside glass houses along many other exotic plants are white waterlilies, which recall Monet’s paintings and his garden in Giverny. The tranquility of the garden is a perfect getaway from the busy high street, although it is very close to main attractions such as the Radcliffe Camera and the Magdalen College.

University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ

Waterlilies in the Botanic Garden

Waterlilies in the Botanic Garden | © Vy Dan Tran

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Oxford University Parks

The University Parks is home to no fewer than 500,000 spring bulbs. While picnicking in the park, visitors can also catch a glimpse of the marvelous 19th-century Gothic Revival architectural style of Keble College. In 1854, the land of University Parks was bought by the University from Merton College.

Oxford University Parks

A view of Keble College from the University Parks

A view of Keble College from the University Parks | © Vy Dan Tran

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Headington Hill Park

For fans of magnolia trees, Headington Hill Park is an ideal spot to relax. Somewhere in the middle of the park, a magnolia tree grows so low to the ground that it is easy to touch and smell its flowers. Close to the tree on the other side of the park’s fence is a 19th-century mansion, which was originally built for the Morrell family.

Headington Hill Park, Oxford OX3 0TY

Magnolia flowers in the Headington Hill Park

Magnolia flowers in the Headington Hill Park | © Vy Dan Tran

South Park

Not only does the South Park have many spring-flowering trees, but it also offers a spectacular view of Oxford’s skyline as it is located on the Headington Hill in the east of Oxford. From the top of the hill, viewers can fully admire the iconic ‘dreaming spires’, as described by the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold.

South Park, 75 Hill Top Rd, Oxford OX4 1

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A view of Oxford from South Park | © Vy Dan Tran
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Harcourt Arboretum

Only about five miles away from central Oxford, Harcourt Arboretum is famous for its bluebell wood. In addition to the bluebells, a plethora of spring flowers including the fragrant daphne can also be found in the park.

Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford Lodge, Peacock Gate, Oxford OX44 9PX

The bluebell wood in the Harcourt Arboretum

The bluebell wood in the Harcourt Arboretum | © Vy Dan Tran