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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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Marvellous Mini Beasts

1 August 2018 - 31 August 2018 , 10:00 to 17:00
Botanic Garden

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Marvellous Mini Beasts you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.


The summer bedding plants are giving a good display around the terrace and greenhouse area, a great place to sit and enjoy a view over the garden. In the greenhouse the Titan arum has started to re-grow, and the Amazonian waterlily has now filled its pond and is flowering occasionally. The cornfield annual border (map no 3) is in full bloom. The giant Gunnera in the woodland garden (map no 20) is huge and the giant Tibetan cowslips (Primula florindae) are the last of the Primulas to flower there. No visit is complete without visiting our huge Monkey Puzzle tree (map no 21), we believe this is approximately 160 years old.

Younger visitors might like to try this month’s activity sheet “Marvellous Mini Beasts” or the Nature Hunt, which you can pick up in the coffeeshop. Other visitors might like to try the quiz trail or science trail, both are well marked out round the garden and are a good way to explore.

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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