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Durham University Botanic Garden

Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
+44 191 334 5521
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Ashley

Visited the botanic garden with my daughter for her school nursery trip was lovely the people were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ashley T
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An educative garden . Worth a visit.

We had a very nice Sunday morning walk through the gardens. Car parking facilities & a very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Our 10 hectare University Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. We offer a range of activities throughout the year for families such as storytelling, the annual Easter chick hunt, traditional crafts' weekends, face painting, teddy bears' picnics - see our website for full details.
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  • Average7%
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Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
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+44 191 334 5521
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the botanic garden with my daughter for her school nursery trip was lovely the people were very friendly and entertaining for the little ones the gardens are lovely and there's a few animals to see fish spiders frog that kinda stuff huge giant Lilly...More

Thank Ashley T
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We offer lots of family events throughout the year, so always something new to see and do. Our next event is Crazy Creatures on the 10th August where children can enjoy animal encounters with rabbits, frogs, snakes, spiders, etc. Keep an eye on our website...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very nice Sunday morning walk through the gardens. Car parking facilities & a very convenient cafe. Well looked after garden and we enjoyed seeing some of the sculptures that were there. Would have been nice to have a few more as they...More

Thank srg45
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So glad you enjoyed your trip to Durham University Botanic Garden. It changes so much with the seasons, and you will see a different view on your next visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a 300 mile drive this was a great place to stop. Lots of parking and a good cafe with great coffee and cake. No time to visit the garden this visit but the cafe continues to impress. Only downside is the indoor room is...More

Thank Biffo4444
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your comments. The café space does get a lot of usage, and we do try to change it with different monthly artists displaying their work on the walls. We do take your point on board however and will see what can be...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully landscaped and tranquil, these gardens are well kept and so enjoyable to stroll around. Then at the end of your stroll there is a lovely cafe where you can get a good cup of tea and cake.More

Thank Christine M
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your comments, the Gardeners love to hear when people enjoy their efforts to keep the various displays tidy and interesting. There is a lot of variety in the café, so hopefully we can tempt you to try something different on your next...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with plenty of little paths to interest children. There is a science trail, quiz trail and picture trail for younger children. These are available in the visitor centre on the wall near the entrance to the garden or can be downloaded in advance...More

Thank Annette269
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

If you plan to visit regularly we offer a family season ticket for up to 2 adults and 2 children for £40.00 which lasts a full year from the date of purchase.

Reviewed 4 June 2017

I can't believe I didn't know about this lovely place. We visited on Saturday and it wasn't very busy, but occupied us for nearly three hours, first looking in the tropical greenhouses at cacti, tropical plants including giant waterlily pads, giant moths emerging from chrysalises,...More

Thank Julie C
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Lovely you have discovered the Durham University Botanic Garden, we hope to see you back as the plants/flowers change throughout the year so there is always something new to discover.

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We visited for a picnic but unfortunately it rained as we arrived! So after a car picnic we went in, payment area isn't very clear but it's at the café as you walk in. Nice walks round to see different trees and plants, upkeep was...More

Thank LYPud
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your comments. I have passed the details regarding general upkeep and the children's area to the Head Gardener so these can be looked at. The payment area is something we are trying to improve, as we realise it is not always clear...More

Reviewed 1 June 2017

A lovely place to visit - my children love the greenhouses where you can 'make it rain'! My youngest loves to feed the fish - though the last couple of times there has been no food out. Perhaps they'd had enough :) Take wellies if...More

Thank PeppermintAero
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Glad you had a lovely time and like to return. We have lots of events for children and families throughout the year which are on our What's On, Events and Activities, page on the website.

Reviewed 25 May 2017

We wanted a morning coffee without going into Durham and trying to park. This was a spur of the moment decision - and what a good one. We sat outside enjoying the beautiful gardens sipping our Latte's, what a great way to start a Sunday.

Thank Steve2826
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

We hope to see you back soon; try the delicious cakes on offer in the café.

Reviewed 24 May 2017

The botanic gardens are one of my favourite places in Durham city. We have a season family pass and happily spend an hour or two regularly throughout the year. There is always something different to see as the season's change and its a great place...More

Thank aliholth
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Glad you enjoy your visits. Currently we have a really weird tree in flower too, our +Laburnocytisus adamii, it has three different flowers, a yellow Laburnum flower, a purple broom flower, and a third, a flower that's in between both, ask any of the gardeners...More

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lorraine17w
11 June 2016|
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Response from EventDurham | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. We're extremely sorry that we were not able to reply to your question in time. We hope you enjoyed your trip at our Gardens and trust you found somewhere to leave your case with our friendly staff.
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Matthew R
28 March 2016|
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Response from EventDurham | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Please be advised that the garden is quite hilly, but majority of the garden is accessible. For more information please look at the accessibility information on our website.
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Adada214
20 March 2016|
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Response from EventDurham | Property representative |
Unfortunately, there is a policy of no dogs in the garden, however assistance dogs are welcome and dog bowls can be obtained from the café.
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