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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 Neckmann's celebrate under the sea

Get the Giraffitude Attitude ...For National Storytelling Week

Saturday, 3 February 2018 , 11:00 to 15:00
Durham University Botanic Garden
Ingrid Sylvestre

What better way to celebrate National Storytelling Week than in the Botanic Garden?

Popular North East author Ingrid Sylvestre will be telling stories featuring her intergalactically famous giraffe family The Neckmanns. Guaranteed old-fashioned entertainment for families.



September 2017

The summer bedding is still giving a good display of colour and it is quite pleasant to sit on the terrace in the warm September sun. However, the autumn tints are now appearing in the Garden with the nights turning colder and the days getting shorter. The woodland in particular has some excellent autumn colour.

Look out for the Katsura trees, one near the cherry circle (No 38 on map) and the other by the Vessels of Life sculpture (No 36 on map), as when they start to change colour you will notice a strong smell of toffee.

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.

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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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