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The Botanic Garden, Durham

The Botanic Garden, Durham

Durham University's 10 hectare 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 provide an academic resource to the university for teaching and research, as well as offering educational visits to schools.

The Botanic Garden is a leading attraction in Durham, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. Wander through the alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, glass houses and our recently developed woodland garden and wild flower meadow.

Explore this unique garden and discover something new around each corner over the changing seasons. Our visitor centre is open daily, for you to treat yourself to something refreshing in the coffee shop and visit the gift shop.

We offer several self-guided activities and trails for children of a range of ages. All the activity sheets are available at the Visitor Centre or can be downloaded at

As well as being a beautiful natural environment in which to wander, explore and learn more about our plants, the Botanic Garden hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. Many of these activities are free, with only standard admission charges applying.

We welcome guests of all ages to come along and get involved in the events we offer. Many of these are inspired by the natural setting of the garden, but with activities ranging from traditional crafts to storytelling, there really is something for everyone!

Most weekends throughout the year we run a family activity, suitable for children, on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. For adults, the Garden and Visitor Centre regularly play host to exhibitions of art and photography. For latest events visit

The Botanic Garden is open:

10am to 5pm from 1st March to 31st October

10am to 4pm from 1st November to end of February (closed over Christmas).

We are open on Bank Holidays and Easter Sunday.

For latest opening times and events details please visit


Durham University, Hollingside Lane, Durham , Co Durham , DH1 3TN

3.87 miles  
  0191 334 5521    


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