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Places to see Bluebells in Oxfordshire

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Bluebells, Stoke Wood, Bicester, Oxfordshire - Image by member Helen Vallis (view gallery)

A growing list of places to see bluebells in Oxfordshire during springtime. If you know of any places to see bluebells in Oxfordshire that we have missed and you think should be included on the list, please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you.
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1. Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The Gardens at Greys Court - Image by member Edward Lever (view gallery)

Set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns, Greys Court House and Garden is a tudor country house in the village of Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames, which is open to the public and is owned and managed by the National Trust.

It is open from spring until autumn and offers a fascinating look into the lives of the people who lived there over the centuries.

Outside there is a courtyard and gardens, plus medieval ruins. The Great Tower dates from the 14th century and is the only remaining part of the medieval castle that stood there. There is also a rare Tudor donkey wheel.

The bluebells can be found throughout the estate at Greys Court, however they are in their thousands in the bluebell woods.


2. Nuffield Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Nuffield Place, Nuffield - Image by member Edward Lever (view gallery)

Nuffield Place is the former home (1933-63) of Lord Nuffield who was the founder of Morris Motors. The house is a rare survival of a complete upper-middle class home of the 1930's. Built in 1914, it was enlarged in 1933 for Lord Nuffield. It retains the majority of the furniture acquired by Lord and Lady Nuffield, and many rooms are still decorated in the 1930's style. Much of the furniture was custom-made by Cecil A. Haliday of Oxford; some is antique, with fine quality clocks, rugs and tapestries. The four-acre garden was laid out during and just after the First World War. Some recordings of Lord Nuffield and 1930's music are played. Classic and veteran cars are often on display.


3. Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire

Bluebells at Harcourt Arboretum - Image Credit:

Set within 130 acres of historic Picturesque landscape, Harcourt Arboretum is part of the Oxford Universities Botanic Garden in Nuneham Courtenay, and contains some of the oldest redwoods and finest conifer collections in the UK, amongst many other beautiful trees. Just 15 minutes from Oxford city, it is well worth a visit. The Botanic Garden itself is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world.


4. Badbury Clump, Oxfordshire

Bluebells at Badbury Clumps, Oxfordshire - 2006 - Image by member Roger Nichol (view gallery)

Badbury Clump near the market town of Faringdon is an ancient woodlands on a hill, which is topped by the remains of an Iron Age hill fort dating from about 600BC. In the spring the woodlands are swathed in bluebells. The hill also offers stunning views across the surrounding areas such as the Thames valley.


5. Shotover Country Park, Oxford

A walk in Shotover Country Park, Oxford - Image by member poe (view gallery)

Shotover Country Park covers 117 hectares on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill, and is very popular with walkers, joggers, dog walkers and also bike riders. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its importance as a wildlife site, and due to its position on the hill offers great views across south Oxfordshire. There is open grassland and ancient deciduous woodland to be enjoyed, which, come spring, are carpeted with wild flowers and bluebells.


6. Stoke Wood, Near Bicester, Oxfordshire

Bluebells, Stoke Wood, Bicester, Oxfordshire - Image by member Helen Vallis (view gallery)

Described as a delightful ancient woodland, by the Woodland Trust, it is home to native broadleaf and exotic conifers, with carpets of bluebells in the spring.


7. Warburg Nature Reserve, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Woodland near Maidensgrove - Image by member Edward Lever (view gallery)

Warburg Nature Reserve is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a haven for wildlife and plants, including beautiful orchids, such as the fly orchid and the bird's-nest orchid, and other rare plants. In spring the woodland is full of bluebells and wood anemones, and the grasslands are full of summer flowers.


8. Foxholes Nature Reserve, Bruern, Oxfordshire

Foxholes Nature Reserve - Image Credit:

Foxholes Nature Reserve is a beautiful and ancient woodland 4 miles north of Burford in the glorious Cotswolds. It contains an abundance of birds, wildlife and fungi, and of course bluebells in the spring.


9. Bagley Wood, Kennington, Oxfordshire

Photograph of Bagley Wood, Oxford - Image Credit: Michael Dunne

Bagley Wood is an ancient English woodland in the parish of Kennington, Oxfordshire, between the town of Abingdon and the city of Oxford. It is open to the public with permissive public access on certain maintained routes, such as stone or mown routes via gated entrances. The wood has only had two owners since 955, apart from a few years during the 16th century. Between 955 and 1538 it was owned by Abingdon Abbey, and since 1557 most of it has been owned by St John's College, Oxford. The wood is the subject of a poem by Victorian poet Lionel Pigot Johnson, and was also featured in a murder scene from the 2012 pilot of Endeavour - an ITV fictional detective series.


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