Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a 40 acre, Grade II* listed heritage garden in the heart of Cambridge, open 7 days a week, all year round. Whether it’s a relaxing visit with friends and family in beautiful surroundings or an inspirational garden visit, there’s something for everyone.
A short stroll from the railway station, our heritage listed landscape offers colour and interest throughout the year. Our collection of 8,000 plant species includes rare and endangered plants from all over the world – supporting University teaching and research and conservation, while also providing inspiration and interest to visitors of all ages.
Highlights include: One of the region’s finest collection of trees * Winter Garden *Glasshouse Range *Autumn Garden * Lake *Bee Borders * Woodland Garden *Scented Garden * Rising Path and historic Systematic Beds* Limestone Rock Garden * National Collection of Tulips, Fritillaria, Saxifraga.
Explore the Garden with a free family or adult trail, enjoy freshly made food from the Garden Café, and don’t forget to visit the shop.
Opening Times: Open daily from 10am, closing times vary according to the season. Christmas closure 24 December 2022 to 1 January 2023 inclusive.
Admission Rates: Gift aid Adult admission £7.50, Standard Adult admission £6.80. Friends of CUBG, Children 0-16 inclusive & Students at Cambridge University with a recognised ID card-Free. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at https://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/purchase-tickets/.
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.
Guided Tours: Free tours of Garden highlights run weekly during the summer and monthly in the winter when possible. Please visit the website to find out if tours are available when you plan to visit. Group guided tours available – 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 (Mon-Fri, 9-1pm and 2-4.30pm).
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: April 2022