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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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Winter Wonderland

2 January 2020 - 31 January 2020 , 10:00 to 16:00
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.



January may not be the best time to visit any garden. However, a walk round at this time of year reveals views which open up and are just not possible in summer and the garden has a very different character. The low winter sun often catches the peeling bark on the Tibetan cherries, Prunus serrula, catch it right and it looks like it’s on fire for a brief moment. You’ll find plants like Mahonia in full flower, their panicles of bright yellow flowers as good as any Laburnum. Christmas box (Sarcocca) fills the air with its heady scent too. You really get to see the shape and form of many of the trees too, such as the Japanese Zelkova near the Vessels of Life sculpture (map no 36) and close by the stripped trunk of the aptly named snake bark tree, Acer davidii. Its great sometimes just to get out and take a walk round the garden and see it in this quiet sleeping phase. Spring is never very far away and even in November we could see the daffodils starting to show, and the birds down at the bird hide (map no23) are starting to call and sing. Of course no visit is complete without calling in at the greenhouse. The titan Arum, now in its 7-8th year is growing back again already, it looks like it going to be another giant leaf. We have placed all of our outdoor furniture in the greenhouse for this winter and we hope visitors will enjoy using it there.

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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