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What's Here

The Botanic Garden is enjoyed by old and young alike, and there is plenty to see and do around our site. Explore this unique garden and discover something new around each corner over the changing seasons.

We have plant collections from around the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile, as well as a woodland garden, alpine garden and bamboo grove. Finally, don't miss our magnificent monkey puzzle tree that dominates the centre of the garden.

In this section you can find out more about the wide selection of plant-life and environments that you’ll see on a visit to Durham University Botanic Garden. We are sure you’ll discover something interesting and learn something new.

Art in the Garden

It’s not all about the plants! Hidden amongst the paths of the Garden are several pieces of artwork, which children and adults alike will marvel at discovering.

Explore the garden to discover our unique artwork

Carboniferous Garden

Discover this feature, created by students from the Department of Earth Sciences to tell the story of coal in County Durham.

Visit our Carboniferous Garden


Home to a plethora of weird and wonderful life, in our glasshouses you will find everything from tropical rainforest to desert cacti.

Explore our glasshouses

Magnesian Limestone Flora

Magnesian Limestone rocks are an interesting feature of the North East’s geology, with the resulting mineral-rich soil giving rise to some unique wildflowers that can be explored here.

Find out more about this unique flora

Native Woodland

The main features of the Botanic Garden are surrounded by native woodland, perfect for peaceful stroll to relax, unwind and get away from the world.

Return to nature.

Tropical Bugs & Insects

The glasshouses are also home to our collection of bugs, insects and spiders, including scorpions and tarantulas!

Meet the Garden’s creepy-crawlies

Visitor Centre

Find out more about our coffee and gift shop.

Visit the Shop and Café

Download a Garden Map

Visitors’ map of the Botanic Garden, including accessible routes.

Download a Suggested Route

Follow this self-guided tour that takes in the entire Garden.

Download the Quiz Trail

Our most popular activity, the Quiz Trail sign-posted offers questions suitable for children as they tour the garden.

Download the Science Trail

A guide to the sign-posted Science Trail, providing detailed information on the flora and fauna that inhabit the Garden.

Download the Crossword and Word Search

Our second children’s activity aims to make science in the Garden more accessible to children, with the answers to these activity sheets being found along the Science Trail.

Download the Nature Trail

Suitable for young children, this activity teaches about the wildlife in the garden, allowing children to colour in pictures of animals as they find them hidden in their natural habitats around the garden.