Towns in the Cotswold region
Oxford Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1621, the Oxford Botanic Gardens are Britain’s oldest example of their type and the third oldest scientific garden in the world. They are home to over 90% of the world’s higher plant families and have a rose garden nearby designed by Sylvia Crowe to commemorate the discovery of the first antibiotic.
The Gardens can be broadly divided into three sections:
The Walled Gardens
The area between the Walled Gardens and the River Cherwell
JRR Tolkein and Lewis Carroll
The Gardens have provided inspiration for a number of writers including Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with the enormous Austrian pine being much like the walking, talking tree people of Middle Earth.
Similar Cotswold Attractions: Broadway Tower, Cotswold Olympic Games, Golf Courses, Long Distance Walks (100 miles+), Short Distance Walks (11-50 miles), The Rococo Gardens, Badminton Horse Trials, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Hidcote Manor, Medium Distance Walks (50-100 miles), Shorter Distance Walks (less than 10 miles)
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