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Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cafe or restaurant
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.
January, November + December: 10am – 4pm.
February, March + October: 10am – 5pm.
April – September: 10am – 6pm.
Last paid admission is 30 minutes 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.
Areas of Cambridge University Botanic Garden
GardensThe 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.
CaféThe Café closes 30 minutes before the Garden.
Botanic Garden ShopThe Botanic Garden Shop at Brookside closes 15 minutes before the Garden.