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“Wonderful”

Durham University Botanic Garden
Ranked #8 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 22 November 2012

Well worth the walk uphill to the area near the "hill colleges" & the oriental museum, these wonderful gardens are home to a plethora of plants from all around the world - medicinal, exotic, so many varieties to see. The gift shop had some nice things that I bought as presents. There's a decent cafe - food & drink average but who cares if you need something warm & filling after a trudge uphill?

Thank gayrobot
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

We were visiting our daughter at her college next door to the gardens and had a couple of hours to kill, so walked down the road to the gardens. We entered through the back gate which was unmanned and involved buying tickets from a machine and then entering a pin code on the gate - novel.

In the gardens, the first impression was of a pleasantly slightly wild feel - unlike the super-organised feel you get in some gardens. Some interesting trees and plants as we followed the path to the glass houses near the main entrance. The glass houses contained quite a range of plants from around the world and also housed a few exotic creatures such as tarantula's and stick insects. After wandering about a bit we found the tea room at the main entrance and had tea and scones before backtracking and exiting the gardens across a little bridge that took us straight back to my daughters college across a field of exotic sheep.

Overall a very way to spend a couple of hours, and I'm sure it would be idyllic on a sunny day

Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

I should firstly point out that for all current Durham students access is free on showing your student card so it is great value!
Once inside, one truly feels part of nature. There are lovely loops that you can take through the woods in the gardens or the flower section and spend as much time as you want.
Regardless of the weather, I recommend to anyone as it is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Thank RumyAna
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

I visited the Botanic Gardens in Durham during the Festival of Japan in 2011 and found the experience fantastic. There was a lot going on that day but it was also raining heavily and we still found it a great visit.

Thank Janine F
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We walked from Durham City Centre to the gardens - about half an hour. We would like to have visited earlier during the year - the flowering season over. We still enjoyed our visit though especially the Science Walk. Tea Shop was good. Worth a visit but perhaps by bus next time.

Thank Karen G
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