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Durham University Botanic Garden
Ranked #8 of 57 things to do in Durham
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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Went to the gradens with my daughtrer, who is a student at the University. There were lots of intersting plants but it did seem rather expensive at £4 entry (students get in free by the way)

Visited April 2014
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“A most underrated delight”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This garden reminds me of a smaller version of Kew Gardens in London. It certainly doesnt have the vast glassed palaces that Kew does, but its delightful in its own way. It does have a glass house with separate areas for tropical, desert, and most fascinating of all, Amazonian water lilies.

The gardens can be quite steep in some places, as much of Durham is, but the design of the various set gardens is well thought out and they are splendid. The set garden when you come through the main building is lovely. I adore the hot houses, but my personal favourite is the Japanese garden, with the most beautiful trees. The bamboos are also lovely, a little further away, near the bottom of the slope.

A lovely, and unique feature, is that the gardens sell seeds for many of the plants exhibited. Many of the seeds you cannot buy elsewhere. They are nominally £1 per packet, but a fiver goes a long way and I have grown many superb plants from the seeds there. I also grow orchids, and the garden is one of the places where the orchid experts gather. There is a small, but delightful, display of orchids.

Its not expensive either. £4 per person. Considering that you could easily spend an afternoon there its great value.

Visited November 2013
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“A wonderful walk with an excellent cafe to visit afterwards !”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

A lovely way to spend an afternoon. Lots of trails to walk and places to sit. Very interesting indoor rain forest with a large circular pool type structure containing enormous water lilies.
There is lots of open space with interesting sculptures and a bird hide and if you have children there is plenty to keep them occupied.

There is also a small gift shop and a very good café with home cooked food at very reasonable prices.
Near the door is a display of seeds to buy with an honesty box.

With free parking at the University entrance side, this is an inexpensive afternoon out in Durham there is also an entrance at the Howlands Park & Ride but that will be mostly an uphill walk.

A lovely afternoon spent in lovely surroundings.

Visited April 2014
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Newcastle UK
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38 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Visited this Botantic Garden over Easter period. It costs £4 per head and £3 for seniors and a small charge for children. Really impressed with this garden. It has a combination of colourful gardens immediately around the garden entrance with enjoyable walks as you move further into the garden. You must try the cafe, it offers lovely home cooked food and decent tea and coffee at reasonable prices. They do not skimp on food portions either. Saw a lot of families with young children on the day and it looks an ideal and safe setting for youngsters.

Visited April 2014
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Studley, United Kingdom
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“Child Friendly, educational and reasonably priced”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

I was pleasantly surprised at these gardens, you could learn a lot if you bothered to read all the informative signs or followed the science trail. If you have children there is plenty to fascinate them and at a reasonable price.It is well laid out and has a lovelylittle tea room. It is a mature garden with plenty of trees and various themed areas. It is obviously the sort of place that has something different at different times of the year. I will go again when the weather warms and the summer flowers in bloom. If you live reasonably close you can get an annual ticket, that would be fantastic.

Visited March 2014
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