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“Interesting venue with good cafe food.”

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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The gardens are both interesting and attractive with much to entertain adults and children. As well as outside planting there are hot houses and insect houses and everything is well labelled. There are often plants for sale also. The cafe sells a range of delicious sandwiches, baked potatoes, soup and home-made cakes. There is seating both inside and outside.

Thank Susan F
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We spent a lovely day here. We had intended only going for an hour or two but ended up spending most of the day there.

The food was a very pleasant surprise. We just had sandwiches but they were freshly made from quality ingredients, very tasty and came with a nice wee salad and quality crisps.

A lovely place to go for a walk in the heart of the city. Very relaxing, and only four quid to get in

Thank frootloops
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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)

Thank drragon
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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.

Thank harveyt252
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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.

Thank r00m_with_a_view
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