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Welcome to the Botanic Garden

Our 10 hectare university 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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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.



A great place to visit for a stroll at any time of year. Wonderful in Spring and Summer when in full bloom. The oriental indoor plants are a treat to view and one can relax on the lawns or have coffee and treats on the balcony area overlooking the lovely pool.



The Botanic Gardens are a heaven, quiet, immaculately maintained and very peaceful. There's plenty to occupy kids... including a trail where they can look for various hidden animals dotted around. Thoroughly recommended for a pleasant 2-3 hours and with a top quality coffee shop/ restaurant at the end of it!



One of my favourite locations at Durham University, completely open to the public! Wonderful mix of English, Japanese, North American, and other gardens - and plants - from around the world.



Loved this place! Once I got away from the kids fun day, it was really peaceful. Need a good pair of walking shoes as can be a bit muddy in the wet and there are a few steep climbs if you want to do them. Beautiful plants and trees. Lots of things to keep kids amused.

Opening Hours & Admission


Open To All


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.

Find Out More


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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Latest News

Botanic Garden wins Award for Excellence 2015

TripAdvisor has awarded the Botanic Garden a Certificate of Excellence for 2015. Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence award honours hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews. Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor.

(9 Jun 2015)

EnjoyEngland quality assured visitor attraction