Cambridge university botanic garden
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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

locationCambridgeshire
website
botanic.cam.ac.uk
Cafe or restaurant
Winter garden
Paid entry
Disabled facilities
Roses
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. In between, pollinators dance among the bee borders, while those feeling brave should sniff out Titan Arum, aka the Corpse Plant, so-called for its pungent whiff. A visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to the infamous apple tree, said to be a descendant of the species under which Newton discovered the theory of gravity. Family-friendly activities range from craft workshops to educational talks and tours.
OPENING TIMES
January, November + December: 10am – 4pm.
February, March + October: 10am – 5pm.
April – September: 10am – 6pm.
Last paid admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

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Find Us

Cambridgeshire GB CB2 1JE

Areas of Cambridge University Botanic Garden

  • Gardens

    The Glasshouses close 30 minutes before the Garden. Guide and assistance dogs are very welcome in the Garden, however please note that no other dogs are allowed.
  • Café

    The Café closes 30 minutes before the Garden.
  • Botanic Garden Shop

    The Botanic Garden Shop at Brookside closes 15 minutes before the Garden.

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