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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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#5 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(328): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->detectDatabasePlatform() #6 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Persisters/BasicEntityPersister.php(221): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatform() #7 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/UnitOfWork.php(2968): Doctrine\ORM\Persisters\BasicEntityPersister->__construct(Object(Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager), Object(Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata)) #8 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityManager.php(456): Doctrine\ORM\UnitOfWork->getEntityPersister('Durham\CMS\Enti...') #9 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityRepository.php(154): Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager->find('Durham\CMS\Enti...', 136668, 0, NULL) #10 /data/web/master/www/botanic.garden/index.php(267): Doctrine\ORM\EntityRepository->find(136668) #11 {main} Next exception 'Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOException' with message 'SQLSTATE[08004] [1040] Too many connections' in /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Driver/PDOConnection.php:47 Stack trace: #0 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Driver/PDOMySql/Driver.php(45): Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOConnection::__construct('mysql:host=mywe...', 'dcl0www', '~rp%_0+vec,G!ta...', Array) #1 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(360): Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOMySql\Driver->connect(Array, 'dcl0www', '~rp%_0+vec,G!ta...', Array) #2 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(429): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->connect() #3 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(389): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatformVersion() #4 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(328): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->detectDatabasePlatform() #5 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Persisters/BasicEntityPersister.php(221): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatform() #6 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/UnitOfWork.php(2968): Doctrine\ORM\Persisters\BasicEntityPersister->__construct(Object(Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager), Object(Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata)) #7 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityManager.php(456): Doctrine\ORM\UnitOfWork->getEntityPersister('Durham\CMS\Enti...') #8 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityRepository.php(154): Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager->find('Durham\CMS\Enti...', 136668, 0, NULL) #9 /data/web/master/www/botanic.garden/index.php(267): Doctrine\ORM\EntityRepository->find(136668) #10 {main} Next exception 'Doctrine\DBAL\Exception\DriverException' with message 'An exception occured in driver: SQLSTATE[08004] [1040] Too many connections' in /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Driver/AbstractMySQLDriver.php:115 Stack trace: #0 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/DBALException.php(133): Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\AbstractMySQLDriver->convertException('An exception oc...', Object(Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOException)) #1 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Driver/PDOMySql/Driver.php(47): Doctrine\DBAL\DBALException::driverException(Object(Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOMySql\Driver), Object(Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOException)) #2 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(360): Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOMySql\Driver->connect(Array, 'dcl0www', '~rp%_0+vec,G!ta...', Array) #3 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(429): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->connect() #4 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(389): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatformVersion() #5 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(328): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->detectDatabasePlatform() #6 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Persisters/BasicEntityPersister.php(221): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatform() #7 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/UnitOfWork.php(2968): Doctrine\ORM\Persisters\BasicEntityPersister->__construct(Object(Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager), Object(Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata)) #8 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityManager.php(456): Doctrine\ORM\UnitOfWork->getEntityPersister('Durham\CMS\Enti...') #9 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityRepository.php(154): Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager->find('Durham\CMS\Enti...', 136668, 0, NULL) #10 /data/web/master/www/botanic.garden/index.php(267): Doctrine\ORM\EntityRepository->find(136668) #11 {main}

Reviews

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Beautiful location a very enjoyable few hours. A nice place to eat here as well. Good value for money.

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Very child friendly with the grass maze and indoor rain forest. Young children seemed to love it. It makes for a pleasant walk and a nice little shop and tea room to round it off.

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Took our three year old here. Beautiful day, great things to see, lovely cafe. Didn't even know it existed until I saw on here. Strongly recommended.

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Nice walk and good cafe, with fresh food. Lots of different trees. Very peaceful and relaxing place.

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

Carers

Free 
Durham University Campus Card holders  Free

 

FUN FOR FAMILIES

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

4SCHOOLS

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

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#5 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/dbal/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Connection.php(328): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->detectDatabasePlatform() #6 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Persisters/BasicEntityPersister.php(221): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatform() #7 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/UnitOfWork.php(2968): Doctrine\ORM\Persisters\BasicEntityPersister->__construct(Object(Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager), Object(Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata)) #8 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityManager.php(456): Doctrine\ORM\UnitOfWork->getEntityPersister('Durham\CMS\Enti...') #9 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityRepository.php(154): Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager->find('Durham\CMS\Enti...', 141023, 0, NULL) #10 /data/web/master/www/botanic.garden/index.php(663): Doctrine\ORM\EntityRepository->find(141023) #11 {main} Next exception 'Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOException' with message 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/data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Persisters/BasicEntityPersister.php(221): Doctrine\DBAL\Connection->getDatabasePlatform() #6 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/UnitOfWork.php(2968): Doctrine\ORM\Persisters\BasicEntityPersister->__construct(Object(Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager), Object(Doctrine\ORM\Mapping\ClassMetadata)) #7 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityManager.php(456): Doctrine\ORM\UnitOfWork->getEntityPersister('Durham\CMS\Enti...') #8 /data/web/master/cms/vendor/doctrine/orm/lib/Doctrine/ORM/EntityRepository.php(154): Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager->find('Durham\CMS\Enti...', 141023, 0, NULL) #9 /data/web/master/www/botanic.garden/index.php(663): Doctrine\ORM\EntityRepository->find(141023) #10 {main} Next exception 'Doctrine\DBAL\Exception\DriverException' with message 'An exception occured in driver: SQLSTATE[08004] [1040] Too many connections' in 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