The gardens themselves are perfect for a relaxed walk. Cosier than Blenheim, the rose garden is especially notable. Outside the garden proper is a well-stocked garden centre, surrounded by an abundance of gift shops. The centre is also home to a wonderfully quaint Museum of Rural Life with a collection of mechanical devices for all thinkable purposes.
The centre offers courses in gardening and crafts, and the ‘Friends of Waterperry’ provide occasional free tours. The gardens also host a wide variety of activities, performances and other events all year round.
Despite its location only 5 miles from Headington, Waterperry Gardens is not so easy to reach by public transport. The park recommends public bus (280 or U1) to Wheatley, followed by a taxi for a fixed price for the last couple of miles, but the specified taxi company is perhaps too small to be dependable for all times. For the agile, or on a sunny day, a bicycle trip is the obvious alternative – reward your exertion with an ice cream or a cake in the tearoom.