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Opening hours and admission charges

The Botanic Garden is open almost every day of the year, including Sundays and and Bank Holidays, but does close shortly before Christmas and re-open 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 by card once you reach the cafe.

The Visitor Centre entrance accepts card payments only, 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 with valid NUS card


Child (5 - 15 years)

Children 16 years and under have free entry from 1 November 2022, so we no longer offer children's season tickets

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

We will no longer offer family tickets after 1 November 2022 as children 16 years and under will have free entry.

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

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.

Admission Charges

Adults £5.00
Concession (over 60s, Students with valid NUS card, wheelchair users, registered disabled) £4.50
Children (16 years and under) Free


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