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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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Marvellous Mini Beasts

1 August 2019 - 31 August 2019 , 10:00 to 17:00
Botanic Garden

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Marvellous Mini Beasts you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.


The cornfield annual border and cornfields on the Prince Bishop's Garden (Map no4) are looking great and in full flower right now. All the bedding tubs throughout the gardens are also looking really good and in full bloom. Our Titum Arum (corpse flower) is dying back in the greenhouse (Map no8), it takes 7-10 years to flower and ours is only about 6 years old, so next time it grows back we are hoping a flower will appear! The sunflower maze in the children's garden (Map no2) is growing well, about 8ft tall now, although we have had a few flowers eaten by the squirrels. The meadow (Map no33) is full of life with the sound of grasshoppers and you can spot various butterflies/moths such as the chimney sweeper moth (Odezia atrata) and the brown argus butterfly (Aricia agestis).

We have a new part of the garden too, still very much in its creative phase. We have been working with colleagues from our Biological Science department to show you some of research they are currently working on. This new garden and work in progress can be found between the conifer lawn and the Oriental collection. (Map no16).

Also the new 'Fungate', the gateway to our native woodland, which was created by local sculptor, Graeme Hopper, and funded by our Friends Of The Garden. The sculpture was opened by Sir Thomas Allen, Chancellor of the University, on Friday 14 June 2019.

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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