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Durham University Botanic Garden
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This place is absolutely stunning in the summer, with a wide range of plants and even some animals... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2019
Silver H
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It was a lovely garden with many areas of interest. There was some interesting sculptures. It was... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

This place is absolutely stunning in the summer, with a wide range of plants and even some animals. Even in winter, it's worth a walk around as the area itself is amazing to look at and walk through.

Date of experience: June 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your comments. It is really nice to hear that you visit throughout the seasons and appreciate the different aspects. The spring flowers are just starting to appear now, which certainly puts a spring in my step.

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Reviewed 23 January 2019

A great garden with lots to see and do. Cafe is very average, largely 'DIY’ and unless you want cakes and scones (which are good) choice is limited and sandwich was poor.
Gift shop is poor

Date of experience: January 2019
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2019

Thank you for your feedback.

With regard to the shop, although we have a small space to work with, we do try and stock a wide range of products to suit all of our visitors. Items range from children’s toys and gifts, to home and garden ware. We work very closely with our suppliers to try and obtain the best and most up to date ranges, at the best prices. This is then refreshed and replenished weekly. If there something in particular you were looking for, or any specific feedback you would like to give in order to help with any future customer engagement, we can be contacted on retail@durham.ac.uk

With regard to the Cafe, we do change the choice of cakes daily to suit all of our visitors. We are extremely disappointed to hear you encountered poor quality with your sandwich and would welcome further details so we can look into this - botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk.

Please accept our apologies and be assured that we constantly review service standards in the Visitor Centre and always welcome feedback.

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Reviewed 11 December 2018

It was a lovely garden with many areas of interest. There was some interesting sculptures. It was early May so I do not think it was full bloom.

Date of experience: May 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

The gardens change with the seasons, so we would welcome you back in the new year when Spring starts to bring everything back to life.

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Reviewed 6 November 2018

The coffee choice was a bit limited but the staff were happy to tweak settings for you. The sandwiches and toasties were good. The setting is restful, with a view of the botanic gardens and there are usually pictures by local artists on the wall, available for purchase.

Date of experience: November 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

We have local artists' work on the walls of the cafe, which changes on a monthly basis. Always something new to see, be it paintings, photography or other artwork. The staff are happy to accommodate individual requests, so please do ask them if you want something a little different.

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Reviewed 29 October 2018

We are locals so a yearly ticket is an obvious thing to pay for. We have had some lovely days in the gardens this year. The tubs of tulips are a real delight - such a range of colours. Last Monday we took a camera and photographed the autumn colours.

We always have something to eat at the cafe - the crannachan cake was really nice and they always have good soup. The sandwiches are freshly made too.

My only disappointment is the alpine garden. It always seems so colourless and uncared for. Perhaps I have visited at the wrong time or it's a work in progress but this is an area I would like to see made as nice as the rest of this garden of peace and calm in the building site that is Durham.

Looking forward to having more nice days out. Thanks to everyone for their hard work.

Date of experience: October 2018
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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Many thanks for your comments and great to hear you enjoy your visits.

I spoke to the Head Gardener about the Alpine Garden to get a little more information, and he said that Alpine plants have a short window, they are adapted to remain dormant for long periods of time and then quickly flower as snow recedes and temperatures rise. Our Alpine Garden is designed to demonstrate this. The plants are growing in the harsh rocky conditions that you would find at high altitudes above the tree line in the Alps. They are typically low and “cushion” shaped so they shelter from the wind and can stand long periods under snow. Their flowering period in brief but amazing, often the leaves are completely covered by the flowers. I hope this helps explain the disappointing appearance when you visited.

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