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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 Autumn

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

Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and explore the garden to see what you can discover. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.



Our Winter Guide for What's On for Families to See and Do has just arrived, covering events from October 2018 to March 2019 Look out for a copy in the Visitor Centre..

Younger visitors might like to try this month’s activity sheet “Terrific Trees” 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.

View the 4Schools Page