A close up of a pond (c) Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridgeshire
website
botanic.cam.ac.uk
Cafe or restaurant
Winter garden
Disabled facilities
Roses

Summary

Species-rich botanic garden at the heart of Cambridge.

About Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is the most visited garden of its kind in the UK and it’s not just botany students that flock to its extensive collection. Among the visitors are more than 100 species of bird, including a pair of sparrowhawks and the increasingly rare song thrush.
Established in 1846, the garden boasts over 8000 species encompassing nine national collections from fetching Fritillaries and elegant Bergenias to unusual shrubs. The much older western side is framed by a canopy of mature trees and home to Systematic Beds, with herbaceous temperate plants laid out to aid teaching.
The eastern half of the garden, which was developed in the 1950s opens out onto a drought-tolerant meadow, a scented garden and spectacular planting arrangements. Amongst these ordered gardens, pollinators dance between the bee borders, and brave visitors sniff out the Titan Arum, aka the Corpse Plant, for its pungent whiff. It’s worth noting that the garden is almost as interesting in winter as it is in summer, with plenty of colour and structure throughout the colder months of the year.
A visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to the famous apple tree, said to be a descendant of the specimen under which Newton discovered the theory of gravity. Family-friendly activities range from craft workshops to educational talks and tours. Don’t miss the cafe, which serves Fair Trade coffee and hot chocolate, with delicious tea and cakes also available.

Garden Facilities

Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Food Stall (Food and Drink), Cafe/Restaurant - Outdoor Seating, Cafe/Restaurant - Indoor Seating, Gift Shop, Plant Shop/Small Nursery

Garden Features

Winter: Winter Garden, Snowdrops
Spring: Daffodils, Cherry Blossom, Magnolias, Bluebells, Wisteria, Perennial Borders
Summer: Roses, Perennial Borders, Wildflower Meadow
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Fernery, Walled Garden, Woodland Walk, Wildlife Garden/Nature Trail, Lakes, Stream/River, Arboretum, Greenhouses/Glasshouses

Tickets & Discounts

Day ticket prices: Gift Aid Adult £7.00, Adult £6.00, Children (0-16) Free
Concessions: Cambridge University Students Free (Valid ID required)
Season ticket prices: Friends of CUBG: Individual £44, Joint £75 (from 1 July 2021)

Good to Know

  • Dog Walking: No - Guide dogs only.
  • Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
  • Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).
  • Bicycle Storage: Yes - You can lock up your bike.
  • Public Transport: Yes - Train: The main Cambridge Railway Station (CBG) is a 5-minute walk from our Station Road Gate. See National Rail Enquiries for more information. Bus: Please visit the Stagecoach and Whippet websites for the latest updates of bus routes and bus stops. For information about the Cambridge University Universal bus please visit the Universal bus website. Car / Park & Ride: There is no parking at the Botanic Garden, we recommend the Park & Ride services. The Trumpington Park and Ride bus stops outside our Brookside gate, on Trumpington Road. There is limited pay and display parking on Trumpington Road and Bateman Street. Alternatively, see Cambridge City Council’s parking map.
  • Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using CB2 1JE.
  • Last Entry: Half an hour before 'Closing Time'.
  • Size of Site: 40 Acres.
  • Profile Information: Last updated by Cambridge University Botanic Garden in 2021.
OPENING TIMES
Please check the latest COVID-19 guidance before your visit.
Apr - Sep: 10AM - 6PM Feb, Mar, Oct: 10AM - 5PM Nov - Jan: 10AM - 4PM Last Entry 30 mins before Closing Time.

Garden audio tours

Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.

Find Us

Cambridgeshire GB CB2 1JE

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