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“Decent”

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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Came here for the Pat Ashton - Smith quilt exhibition. Disappointed that is just 22 pieces of work on the walls in the coffee shop. One feels self concious wondering about when people are having coffee n cake! Overall coffee shop nice, nice coffee served at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Went here after visiting the Durham Oriental Museum as my great aunt recommended it. We started off with lunch which took a while to arrive but was delish! We had soups and sandwiches to share. The grilled sandwiches with vegetable crisps were a hit.

We used the maps provided to go on the walking route which said it would take an hour to complete - depending on how fast you walk, you can complete it quite quickly but we made it last. If you have kids, there's a greenhouse for them to look around (with creepy tarantulas and a button to 'make it rain' in the rainforest bit) and a mini pond that I saw kids going in with wellies on! The rest of the park is incredibly tranquil and I would love to have explored more of it but we were the last ones out since the park closed at 5pm. Really want to come back here next time I visit my aunt.

Thank AmyLou1993
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Thanks to TripAdvisor reviews we found the Botanical Gardens whilst staying in the area. Very peaceful, well laid out and quite a joy.
The seed bank was really interesting, purchase packets for a £1 and try your luck growing something different. Cafe looked good but we didn't use it.

Thank JohnB042
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We visited the gardens based on other TripAdvisor reviews. It was a short walk from Durham city centre and was really lovely. It is a great place for kids to explore with fun quizzes and trails. The gardens were well set out and lovely to explore

Thank Nicola P
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The gardens are well laid out and contain an interesting mixture of local plants and exotics. The cafe serves well priced food in a relaxed atmosphere and the staff are charming.

Thank vickimd
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