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“Well worth a visit”

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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The gardens are not the biggest we've ever been to but we still managed to entertain an 8 year old for 4 hours. The staff at the entrance are very welcoming and friendly and the café/dining area is quite impressive, especially if you sit outdoors. Lovely coffee and good choice. The main area of blooms was very pretty and complemented by a pleasant water feature. A walk around the gardens takes you through some impressive woodland with an interesting and varied collection of trees. After getting caught in a heavy shower (not the garden's fault) we sought refuge in the greenhouses which contained many interesting plants and features. Our son loved the insects, bugs and beasties. Further exploration revealed an excellent beehive which they've made into a terrific educational feature.
Take a good camera as there are plenty of opportunities for shots of blooms and insects.
The garden is well worth a visit if you have a few hours to spare. We'll definitely visit again, most likely as part of a day elsewhere.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Beautiful landscaped gardens . It can be heavy for less able bodied people but easier routs are signposted and there are plenty of seats to relax . The coffee shop served a good cup of coffee and home made cakes . Which was nice for mid day . There was more food on a menu which seemed to be favourable with people by the amount of people indoors eating . A I have said . The snack was nice for us and we enjoyed it in the outdoor area which was lovely . We were reluctant to leave but we ha just nipped in to fill 30 mins before going to meet someone at the station . We are looking forward to a propper visit as soon as possible .

2  Thank Jane A
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Visited mid-week with a friend. Had delightful lunch outside in the sunshine. Obviously popular place to eat and you do not have to pay entry fee if you are just dining. Menu is interesting and freshly made which does cause queues sometimes, particularly as the same staff take food orders, serve drinks, take entry fees and manage the small but well stocked shop. The indoor eating area could do with a makeover as it is dark with uncomfortable plastic chairs. Whilst the Botanic garden itself is quite small it has intriguing little bridges, steps and winding paths. The wildflower meadow is an ideal spot for a family picnic.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Great Park Great Education, Good Place to Eat and Drink, Great walks, Loved the Glass House so Much a Fun visit, Look forward to coming again with Grandkids and Friend's, Just loved it

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Excellent value for money. It costs £15 for an annual pass, parking is free. There is a woodland, an indoor garden with reptiles, spiders and stick insects, ponds and a nice cafe. The staff are always friendly and polite. A lovely place to visit all year round, there is plenty of outdoor seating for picnics or eating meals from the cafe.

There are many events throughout the year which have no additional costs

1  Thank Mandeep960
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