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Opening hours and admission charges

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

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.


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)


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


Students (Valid NUS card)


Child (5 - 15 years)


Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)


Group Rates (Only available to pre-booked groups, please

Per Person (Based on 10 and above)


School Visits



Teachers & Helpers


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.

Opening Hours

Open every day, all year round (except Christmas and New Year).

Please note that access through the Botanic Garden is strictly during opening hours only. Gates will be locked at closing time.

10am - 5pm, March to October
10am - 4pm,

November to February

The Botanic Garden is closed over the Christmas and New Year period. This year we will close at 4pm on Monday 23rd December 2019 and re-open at 10am on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Admission Charges

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


Durham University Campus Card holders Free

Garden Map

Download a visitor's map to Durham University Botanic Garden


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.