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Durham University Botanic Garden

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What a wonderful find.

It was our first ever visit but it won't be our last. The snowdrops were glorious but we will be... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
theparrs
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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This place is absolutely stunning in the summer, with a wide range of plants and even some animals... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2019
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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...more
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Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was our first ever visit but it won't be our last. The snowdrops were glorious but we will be back to see the thousands of daffodils when they are in bloom next month. The tea room provided lovely food too.😀

Date of experience: February 2019
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you. The gardens are really coming to life now with, what feels, Spring on its way. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 13 February 2019

This place is absolutely stunning in the summer, with a wide range of plants and even some animals. Even in winter, it's worth a walk around as the area itself is amazing to look at and walk through.

Date of experience: June 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your comments. It is really nice to hear that you visit throughout the seasons and appreciate the different aspects. The spring flowers are just starting to appear now, which certainly puts a spring in my step.

Reviewed 23 January 2019

A great garden with lots to see and do. Cafe is very average, largely 'DIY’ and unless you want cakes and scones (which are good) choice is limited and sandwich was poor. Gift shop is poorMore

Date of experience: January 2019
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2019

Thank you for your feedback. With regard to the shop, although we have a small space to work with, we do try and stock a wide range of products to suit all of our visitors. Items range from children’s toys and gifts, to home and...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018

It was a lovely garden with many areas of interest. There was some interesting sculptures. It was early May so I do not think it was full bloom.

Date of experience: May 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

The gardens change with the seasons, so we would welcome you back in the new year when Spring starts to bring everything back to life.

Reviewed 6 November 2018

The coffee choice was a bit limited but the staff were happy to tweak settings for you. The sandwiches and toasties were good. The setting is restful, with a view of the botanic gardens and there are usually pictures by local artists on the wall,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

We have local artists' work on the walls of the cafe, which changes on a monthly basis. Always something new to see, be it paintings, photography or other artwork. The staff are happy to accommodate individual requests, so please do ask them if you want...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018

We are locals so a yearly ticket is an obvious thing to pay for. We have had some lovely days in the gardens this year. The tubs of tulips are a real delight - such a range of colours. Last Monday we took a camera...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Many thanks for your comments and great to hear you enjoy your visits. I spoke to the Head Gardener about the Alpine Garden to get a little more information, and he said that Alpine plants have a short window, they are adapted to remain dormant...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

Delicious lunch, outside; loved the Friendship Garden, flowers in walking boots and the sculptures. Brilliant staff in the cafe and lots of lovely things in the shop. Very peaceful and calming and the trees looked beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

It is a fantastic time of year for the colours of leaves on the trees and still some pretty flowers around. So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a great couple of hours wandering around. However without sounding like a ‘kill-joy’ it was slightly disturbed by groups of students- who’d of thought!More

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

It is the time of year when we have new students joining the University and they are exploring the area and can be a little over-excited at times. I am sorry they disturbed the peace and quiet, and hope this will not stop you visiting...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

A really relaxing stroll enjoying the lovely autumn colours. The glasshouses are well worth seeing too and there are good refreshment facilities when you are ready.

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

The gardens are beautiful at the moment with all the autumnal leaves. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Cafe at the botanical garden was charming. Sitting was provided indoors as well as outside on the terrace. Food and drinks was very reasonably priced. All the cakes looked very tempting. Had a scone with tea. Scone was excellent provided with good quality clotted cream...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the cafe at the Botanic Garden, those cakes are certainly tempting .....

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dawnhamilton44
27 May 2018|
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Response from pottsstephen52 | Reviewed this property |
In places. Some of the gardens would be a challenge.
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Heather G
30 March 2018|
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Response from Neil S | Reviewed this property |
£4 for adults, children 5-15 £1.50 and under 5 free. Free parking - though if you park in the Durham Park and Ride area you need flag or you will be fined
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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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