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Opening hours and admission charges

Following advice from Public Health England, Durham University is implementing a new set of actions to keep our communities healthly by reducing potential exposure to Covid-19.

All of the University's Visitor Attractions are now closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure that you share our concern for the health and wellbeing of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University's Covid-19 webpage www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus where we are constantly updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.

Opening Times

The Botanic Garden is open almost every day of the year, including Sundays and and Bank Holidays. It is however closed shortly before Christmas and and re-opens after New Year when Durham University itself is closed - for more information on the exact dates please contact event@durham.ac.uk.

Seasonal opening times are:


Summer (March – October)

10:00 - 17:00

Winter (November – February)

10:00 – 16:00


There is a policy of no dogs in the garden, however assistance dogs are welcome and dog bowls can be obtained from the café.


Admission:

The Botanic Garden Kiosk (Howlands park and ride) entrance is a swipe card system which can be accessed by Season Ticket Holders, Friends of the Garden, and Campus Card Holders. An intercom is provided for visitors if they do not want to walk around to the Visitor Centre entrance, the intercom will connect you with the Cafe Staff who will be able to allow access, if you could then make your payment once you reach the cafe.

The Visitor Centre entrance accepts both cash and card payments, in addition to Season Tickets, Friends of the Garden and Campus Cards.


Season Tickets (Valid one year from purchase)

Adult (Full Price Ticket)

£15.00

Concessions (Over 60s, Wheelchairs Users, Registered Disabled)

£10.00

Students (Valid NUS card)

£6.00

Child (5 - 15 years)

£6.00

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

£40.00


Group Rates Only available to pre-booked groups, please contact event@durham.ac.uk

Per Person (Based on 10 and above)

£3.50


School Visits

Pupils

£1.50

Teachers & Helpers

Free

These charges are for entry only. An additional fee applies for guided tours led by the head gardener or by our 4school education team (visit our page Tours, Talks and Trails for more information).


Definition of Admission Categories

Helper/Carer - This is defined as a person dedicated to the full time care of a specific person on a 1:1 basis. A helper/carer is not someone who is part of a group and generally doesn't need to offer personal assistance to an individual, merely there as part of the group visit. Helper/carers have free entry on the understanding they are not visiting the garden, but are there to facilitate the visit for the person they are assisting.

Special Joint Ticket Offer with Oriental Museum

Visit the Botanic Garden and the Oriental Museum and save money on your visit.

The two attractions are located just a few minutes walk from each other and offer different and unique experiences from the natural beauty and fresh air of being outside, to the art and archaeology of the cultures of North Africa and Asia.

Joint tickets can be brought from either attraction and are valid for three days from the date of purchase.

Adults £4.50

Concessions £3.25

Children £1.75

Just keep your receipt when you purchase this offer and show at the second venue to gain entry.

Covid 19

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed until early 2021.

Our top priority is the safety and well being of our visitors and staff. We'll only reopen when we're sure that we have all of the necessary safety measures in place.

Thank you for your co-operation with these measures. We are sure that you share our concern for the health and wellbeing of our community. In this rapidly changing situation, you can check the University's Covid-19 webpage www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus where we are constantly updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.


Admission Charges

Adults £4.00
Concession £3.00
Students/Children (5-16 years) £1.50
Infants Free

Carers

Free
Durham University Campus Card holders Free
RHS Members - free entry every Monday, and the first Saturday of the month, throughout 2020 Free

Garden Map

Download a visitor's map to Durham University Botanic Garden

WALKING MAP BETWEEN BOTANIC GARDEN AND ORIENTAL MUSEUM

The Oriental Museum is only a short walk from the Botanic Garden. Why not visit both on the same day - each offer different and unique experiences from the natural beauty and fresh air of being outside, to the art and archaeology of the cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.