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.
Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Fabulous Flowers you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.
The Woodland Garden (map 20) is looking good at the moment, look out for the Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis sp), and lots of “candelabra” type Primula, such as the “Mealy Primrose” (Primula pulverulenta, a Japanese species). The giant Tibetan cowslips (Primula florindae) are looking good too, and Vial’s Primroses (Primula vialii) are very unusual with their “red-hot poker” like spikes of flowers. The giant Gunnera (a native of Brazil) is making steady progress, so much so its blocking the path! Behind the monkey puzzle (map 21) the Chilean fire bush (Embothrium coccineum) is worth hunting out, we are so glad it’s still alive after some -8c temperatures earlier in the year. The summer bedding plants are giving a good display around the terrace and greenhouse area. Younger visitors might like to try this month’s activity sheet, “Fabulous Flowers” which you can pick up in the coffeeshop.
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.
|Students/Children (over 5)||£1.50|
|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.