Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a 40 acre, Grade II* listed heritage garden in the centre of Cambridge.
The Garden supports University teaching and research while also being a place of enjoyment and inspiration to visitors of all ages.
The Garden maintains the University’s collection of over 8,000 plant species from all around the world, including one of the region’s finest collections of trees, all set across beautifully designed and landscaped gardens and glasshouses.
Highlights include striking seasonal colour in the Winter and Autumn Gardens; the richly fragranced Scented Garden; colourful Bee Borders; the Woodland Garden and Lake; and the Rising Path offering a fresh perspective on the Garden’s historic Systematic Beds. Alpine and tropical plants in the Glasshouse Range are perfect for a cold day’s visit.
The Garden offers year-round, seasonal inspiration for gardeners and is an exciting introduction to the natural world for families.
Opening Times: Open daily from 10am, closing times vary according to the season.
Christmas closure 24 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 inclusive.
Admission Rates: Adult Admission £6.00, Concession Admission £5.50 (over 65s and students with recognised ID card). Friends of CUBG & Children 0-16 inclusive-Free.
Group Rates: Prices as above. All groups of 10 or more need to pre-book with at least one week's notice.
Facilities: Botanic Garden Shop with Plant Sales. Café for light meals, teas, refreshments. Toilets.
Disabled Access: Yes. Path surfaces are mostly gravel and there are large stretches of lawn with sloped paving ramps to allow access. Mobility buggies and wheelchair loan available please pre-book by calling 01223 336265. Accessible toilets.
Guided Tours: Group guided tours available. Pre-booking essential a minimum of four weeks in advance. Free tours of Garden highlights run weekly at 2.30pm every Sunday May-September; monthly at 2pm on the first Sunday October-April. See website for details.
Special Events: A number of events are held throughout the year as well as adult courses and workshops. See website for details.
Coach/car parking: No. There is a coach drop-off bay a 2 minute walk away from Brookside Gate (15 minutes max waiting time). If travelling by car, please use the Park & Ride facilities at Trumpington Road (off J11, M11) which stops outside Brookside Gate or Babraham Park & Ride.
Length of Visit: At least a half day is recommended.
Contact: 1, Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE. Telephone: 01223 336265.
Location: The Botanic Garden is a 15-20 minute walk from Cambridge city centre and 8 minutes from Cambridge train station, with entrances on Trumpington Road (Brookside Gate) and Hills Road (Station Road Gate).
Updated: December 2019