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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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The monkey puzzle tree in the Botanic Garden is, we estimate, around 160 years old. Sadly the sudden demise of these trees is quite common and in 2020 it started to deteriorate. The branches were removed in May 2021. We may leave the stump as a feature, which will look like a giant elephant's foot.


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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