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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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Signs of Spring

1 April 2019 - 30 April 2019 , 10:00 to 17:00
Botanic Garden

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden (subject to availability of leaflets). This is a self-led activity around the Garden.



The tulips are out and looking beautiful at the moment. We anticipate the cherry tree blossom will be looking glorious (fingers crossed) w/c 15th April. We also have a very rare daffodil in bloom, Narcissus "Weardale Perfection", that was given to the Botanic Garden about 10 years ago, and to think that 20 years ago it was thought to be extinct/lost to cultivation, this can be found near the Visitor Centre.

The woodland garden is back to life, beautiful Rhododendrons, Trilliums, Hellebores, Fritillaries and dogs tooth violets. The giant Gunnera from Brazil has woken up too, its new leaves emerging like hands for beneath last years old brown leaves that have kept them protected all winter. The fronds of the royal fern are unrolling and look like the top of a violin. In the greenhouse the new baby giant water lily now has 3 leaves and is growing fast in the bright spring sun.

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 between Christmas and New Year).

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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