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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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Durham Orchid Show

Sunday, 3 September 2017 , 10:00 to 16:00
Josephine Butler College (next to the Botanic Garden)

The Durham Orchid Show at Josephine Butler College gives guests the opportunity to witness displays from Orchid Societies, as well as the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers.

The Durham Orchid Show will be held at Josephine Butler College, next to Durham University Botanic Garden. There will be displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers. As usual, vsitors are welcome to bring any of their own plants along to the show if they would like to advice about them. There will also be cultural talks by guest speakers and plenty of opportunitiy to ask for guidance. Organised by Darlington and District Orchid Society and with the support of Durham University, the show is a very popular and enjoyable event.

PLEASE NOTE: Entry into the Show at Josephine Butler is FREE. We recommend you use our kiosk entrance for this, as well as the park and ride where there is ample free parking. Disabled parking close to the exhibition hall will be available.



Blossoming Beauty

We have a really weird tree in flower, our +Laburnocytisus adamii, which has three different flowers - a yellow Laburnum flower, a purple broom flower, and a third, a flower that's inbetween both - ask any of the gardeners to show you where it is. Near the Vessels of life sculpture is a really special tree in flower too, a foxglove tree which needs the mild winter we have had to flower, we have only seen it flower a few times in the last 20 years. We are also using the spare fleece from our rare breed sheep to line our hanging "baaaarskets" at the kiosk entrance.

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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