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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 2022 - 31 August 2022 , 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.


Tue 19 April.

Daffodils are starting to go over now (but some still in flower), same with hyacinths and aconites. Bluebells in the woods starting to flower they’ll be at their best in 2 -3 weeks’ time!

Cherries are starting to flower will be at their best probably over next couple of weeks.

The woodland garden is the best place for flowers at the moment; in fact the best it has been in some years (Fritillaries, Rhododendrons, Marsh marigolds etc.) Plus the Giant Gunnera is coming in to life and sending new leaves up.

Today we are planting 24 Tree Echiums (Echium pininana) to the sides of the Prince Bishops Garden beds. Echium pininana is a rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, roughly silver-hairy leaves to 7cm long. Each rosette produces a flower panicle up to 4m long of funnel-shaped blue flowers with large bracts in mid and late summer.


From a day out in the fresh air, to 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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