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Welcome to the Botanic Garden

Durham University's 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year.

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Signs of Spring

1 March 2018 - 31 March 2018 , 10:00 to 16:00
Botanic Garden

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden (subject to availability of leaflets). This is a self-led activity around the Garden.



Now the snow has thawed the daffodil shoots are coming up and the flush of snowdrops is looking good on the bank in the winter garden (No 34 on map). The hellebores are also starting to flower in the woodland garden (No 20 on map) and shoots are appearing there of spring favourites such as Trillium and Primula. The heady scent of Daphne and Sarcocca fill the winter garden (No 34 on map), even on the coldest day. The birds are certainly singing that Spring is on the way. You will see plenty of bird activity at our bird hide (No 23 on map), it’s at this time of year we sometimes see Goldcrests there, Britain’s smallest bird.

The Botanic Garden is open:

10am to 5pm from 1st March to 31st October

10am to 4pm from 1st November to end of February (closed over Christmas).

We are open on Bank Holidays and Easter Sunday.

Adults £4.00
Concession £3.00
Students/Children (over 5) £1.50
Infants Free


Durham University Campus Card holders  Free



From a day out in the fresh air, to Christmas craft activities in our glasshouses, the Botanic Garden offers a variety of activity to keep kids entertained throughout the year.

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Book a visit to Durham University Botanic Garden with the 4schools team to explore the Garden and discover more about its fascinating plant-life and natural areas.

View the 4Schools Page