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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, July 4, 2015

What do you want to be today? A fierce tiger or a delicate butterfly? Come along to the Garden and turn into your favourite animal at our nature-inspired face painting session.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Join the group today and explore the Botanic Garden ponds. There’s more to a pond than meets the eye. We’ll find out what’s going on below the surface. We’ll also have a closer look at the minibeasts living in the meadow.



My husband and I recently visited Durham and the Botanic Gardens for the first time. Definitely worth visiting. I really liked the tropical area. The little coffee shop is also lovely. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours.



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!



This beautiful 25 acre garden is a great place to wander in for any age group. The varied areas and changing landscape are of constant interest. It is child friendly and welcoming.



Fantastic gardens with so much variety from around the world. Great bird feeding station revealing the wide range of wildlife, woodpeckers, jays, tree creepers and so much more. Cafe is simple but delicious, soup by the slice and sandwiches you wish you made at home. All year round place to visit.

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.

View the 4Schools Page