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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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Durham Orchid Show

Sunday, 3 September 2017 , 10:00 to 16:00
Josephine Butler College (next to the Botanic Garden)

The Durham Orchid Show at Josephine Butler College gives guests the opportunity to witness displays from Orchid Societies, as well as the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers.

The Durham Orchid Show will be held at Josephine Butler College, next to Durham University Botanic Garden. There will be displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers. As usual, vsitors are welcome to bring any of their own plants along to the show if they would like to advice about them. There will also be cultural talks by guest speakers and plenty of opportunitiy to ask for guidance. Organised by Darlington and District Orchid Society and with the support of Durham University, the show is a very popular and enjoyable event.

PLEASE NOTE: Entry into the Show at Josephine Butler is FREE. We recommend you use our kiosk entrance for this, as well as the park and ride where there is ample free parking. Disabled parking close to the exhibition hall will be available.



July 2017

After a very wet week as June came to an end it can only get better. The bedding plants have taken a bit of a battering but will recover.

This year we have a nice collection of fancy leaved Pelargoniums, you will see them in the tubs in front of the coffee shop and a special display in the plant history bed.

The giant Gunnera in the woodland garden has enjoyed the rain, you can see it from a new viewing point we constructed last year. However it’s a competition between the Gunnera and the Giant Amazonian water lily in the greenhouse for which has the biggest leaf.

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


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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