Location & Directions
Durham is a compact city to wander around, and there are many ways to get to the Botanic Garden on foot. Consult University maps of the local area for reference. A nice route from the Cathedral is to go either down the Bailey or via the river banks to Prebends Bridge, then up the hill and bear left, through the 'white gates' to the roundabout. Follow the road to the right, up the hill, and turn left at the top and follow the road through various University Colleges.
At the end turn left, then cross the road to take the path by the wall which will lead you through Grey College. Follow the lane up the hill and bear left, through Grey College (look out for one of the best views of the city and the Cathedral from here). The Botanic Garden is further down the lane on the right; about 5 minutes’ walk from the main road.
There is an alternative entrance to the Garden through an automated kiosk. This can be accessed from the road leading to Josephine Butler college. If you want to access the Garden throught the kiosk, please read the instructions below:
Please note that the road that leads from town to the Botanic Garden is uphill all the way through, and therefore pedestrian access might be unsuitable for visitors with mobility issues or respiratory medical conditions.
East Coast Trains’ high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King's Cross, the Midlands and York. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.
From the Railway Station the Botanic Garden is about half an hour walk, quite hilly at times. See the By Foot information for details.
Alternatively, Durham is a major train station with taxis usually available in a rank.
Durham Taxi Rank Telephone
0191 386 6662
Buses leave approximately every 15 minutes. The Garden is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop outside Collingwood College, at the top of the hill (ask for "Colleges" or "Hollingside Lane"). From the bus stop follow the lane up the hill and bear left, through Grey College, following the By Foot directions tab.
Alternatively, several Park and Ride services serve Durham city, information about which can be found at Durham Park and Ride. Howlands Park and Ride is located adjacent to the Garden.
From the A167 follow the signs to Durham, turn right (if you are heading North) or left (if you are heading South) off the dual carriageway at the site of the old 'Cock of the North' pub (which has been developed as a new housing project 'Roundhaven') towards the City Centre. The Botanic Garden is about 1 mile down this road on the right hand side, marked by a brown tourist sign. The first right turn is to park at the Park and Ride entrance. If you go straight on at the lights and take the next right turn this will take you down Hollingside Lane to park at our smaller car park.
From the A1(M), turn off at the Durham exit, keep left and follow the A690 for approximately 2 miles into Durham. Take the 3rd exit at the first roundabout and follow the road down the hill passing under the footbridge. At the bottom of the hill keep left and take the first exit off the roundabout, be sure to get into the middle lane of the road to go straight ahead at the traffic lights next to the Marriot/Royal-County Hotel. Continue up the road, bearing right near the top of the hill at the traffic lights. Keep going to the next traffic lights (with the New Inn pub on the left) and go straight ahead up the hill. The Botanic Garden is on the left at the top of the hill, marked by a brown tourist sign. This will take you down Hollingside Lane to park at our smaller car park. Please note the car park is only for use by visitors to the Botanic Garden or Café. When parking in both car parks you must leave your registration number with the staff at the Visitor Centre
Please proceed carefully along the lane as it is narrow in parts and there are usually quite a number of pedestrians from the local colleges. Our car park is on the right once you pass the College buildings.
Alternatively, don't take the left turn at the top of the hill, but proceed to the next set of traffic lights, turn left there and park at the Howlands Park and Ride site, where there is easy access and ample free parking.
Parking and Access
When parking in both car parks you must leave your registration number with the staff at the Visitor Centre.
If you are planning to park your vehicle in the Park and Ride car park you must leave your registration number with the staff at the Visitor Centre to avoid receiving a parking ticket. You are now able to access the Botanic Garden and pay for your admission, using a debit or credit card, at the automated ticket machine. Once your payment has gone through the ticket machine will print your receipt and ticket. You then just need to enter the “ticket number” found on the top of your ticket into the keypad on the turnstile. The turnstile will release and allow you to pass through.
Visitors can use either the turnstile or gate to enter or leave the Garden. Those with wheelchairs, pushchairs or small children are advised to use the gate. Please use the “Push to Exit” button to release the gate when you wish to leave the Garden. If you are planning to park your vehicle in the Park and Ride car park you must leave your registration number with the staff at the Visitor Centre to avoid receiving a parking ticket.
If you are planning to park your vehicle in the car park off Hollingside Lane you will access the Botanic Garden via the Vistor Centre where you will be able to pay by cash or a debit or credit card for your entrance to the Botanic Garden. Again you must leave your registration number with the staff at the Visitor Centre