Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The heritage-listed Cambridge University Botanic Garden was the vision of John Henslow, mentor to Charles Darwin. Today the Garden is a showcase for over 8000 plant species from around the world, including nine national collections, all immaculately displayed amongst the finest arboretum in the region.
Highlights include the Winter Garden, the original masterclass in combining foliage, flower and fragrance for winter interest; the Rock Garden, with its kaleidoscopic flowering and vantage point over the Lake, teeming with birdlife; and the Dry Garden, a beautiful, water-wise planting. The buzzing Bee Borders and the Scented Garden, full of herbs and roses, are summer highpoints. Diverse global habitats, from arid lands of architectural cactus to flamboyant, tropical rainforests, can be explored in the warmth of the magnificently-restored Glasshouse.
The Garden offers year-round inspiration for gardeners and is an exciting introduction to the natural world for families. A number of events are held throughout the year as well as adult courses - see website for details.
Opening Times: Open every day from 10am. January, November & December 10am-4pm, February, March & October 10am-5pm, April – September 10am-6pm. Christmas closure varies, so please check in advance.
Admission Rates: Gift Aid Adult Admission* £5.50, Gift Aid Concession Admission* £4.95 (over 65s and students with recognised ID card), Friends of CUBG Free, Children 0-16 inclusive Free (must be accompanied at all times by an adult). *includes a voluntary 10% donation to the Garden; standard admission prices also available. See website for details.
Group Rates: Minimum group size: 10. Prices as above.
Facilities: Botanic Garden Shop with Plant Sales. Café for light meals, teas, refreshments.
Disabled Access: Yes and toilets on site.
Guided Tours: Pre-bookable 90 minute tours available in the company of an expert Garden Guide. Tours showcase the history of the Garden and include seasonal highlights. Cost: £6 per person (minimum charge £60) plus normal Garden admission. Evening tours can also be arranged by request. Cost: £10 per person (minimum charge £100) plus normal Garden admission. A nonrefundable deposit is taken at time of booking. Booking tel no: 01223 748450. Tours must be pre-booked a minimum of four weeks in advance.
Car/Coach Parking: No. There is coach drop-off only at the corner of Trumpington Road and Bateman Street. For coach parking see downloadable map on website. If travelling by car, please use the Park & Ride facilities at Trumpington Road (off J11, M11) or Babraham, open daily.
Length of Visit: At least a half day is recommended.
Booking Contact: 1, Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE. Tel: 01223 336265
Location: The Garden is situated ¾ mile south of the city centre.