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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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Winter Wonderland

2 January 2019 - 31 January 2019 , 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.

The Botanic Garden is closed on New Year's Day



January and February can be a bleak time in any garden. Days are short, shadows long and leaves litter the lawns. However, a walk round the garden is well worth it, fresh air and getting some natural light is really good for you, a little bit of Shinrin-Yoku. The garden can be so peaceful and restful in the depths of winter and it has a very different feel, views appear that you just don’t see in summer. There are signs of spring even in late winter. As the last of the autumn leaves are cleared it reveals daffodils and snow drops already starting to grow. Mahonia, Sarcocca, Daphne are in full flower in the winter garden. Rhododenron dauricum “Midwinter” in full bloom in the winter garden, and it’s a good time to see dogwoods. Keep an eye out at the bird hide too, this time of the year we have sometimes seen Britain's smallest bird, the goldcrest, and you might also see bullfinch, the males are very impressive with their intense pinkish red chests and cheeks. Why not take a weekly walk and see how spring arrives over the following months?

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 between Christmas and New Year).

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.

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