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Durham University Botanic Garden

Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
+44 191 334 5521
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Not spectacular but well worth the visit.

Not spectacular but a tranquil place to visit. Not a lot of colour at this time of the year, shrubs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
onholidayalways
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Superb in EVERY way

You Need Good Walking Foot ware !!! Really nice place to visit. Be prepared to spend 3+ hours... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
HeartyRob
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Tadcaster, United Kingdom
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Our 10 hectare University Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. We offer a range of activities throughout the year for families such as storytelling, the annual Easter chick hunt, traditional crafts' weekends, face painting, teddy bears' picnics - see our website for full details.
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Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
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+44 191 334 5521
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Reviewed yesterday

Not spectacular but a tranquil place to visit. Not a lot of colour at this time of the year, shrubs still in bud but bulbs(tulips etc.) finished. Plenty of different landscapes, woodland walks and manicured gardens. Numerous benches to sit and relax and also picnic...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You Need Good Walking Foot ware !!! Really nice place to visit. Be prepared to spend 3+ hours walking and stopping. You are bound to find something of interest. I only wish the garden is on a bus route and mobile phones banned.

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You can get the No 6 bus from Durham Bus Station which stops on South Road, a short walk to the Gardens - just ask the bus driver to drop you there.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A well kept garden with the option of woodland walk and more manicured gardens, interesting varied areas showing many aspects of gardening

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EventDurham, General Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Spring is a lovely time of year to visit, with signs of life everywhere. The birds are singing, the frogs are croaking, the tulips are thriving, and the Japanese cherries are beginning to emerge. Something for everyone in a different corner.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked from the city centre to the Botanics in about 20 mins. It was worth the stroll, if only for the tranquil location to sit and have a great tea and scone outside in the April sunshine. Visited early on a Saturday morning and although...More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The Gardens are hidden away in a tranquil spot. You can also catch the No.6 bus which stops on South Road, which is another option to reach us. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had never heard of this place, even though we have visited Durham since 1975 !! Visited with our granddaughters along with a group of home educated children. We were treated to a guided tour led by Ross Wilkinson and Emily, what super stars. Our...More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

That's really great to hear that your group enjoyed their visit. We offer a variety of options for groups which are detailed on our website. Your comments have been passed on to Ross and Emily, thank you so much for placing this review.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely little place, something for everyone. Greenhouse with cacti, orchids, spiders and frogs. Beautiful trees and plants, good pleasant walk with plenty to keep small children occupied. Pleasant little cafe too. Recommended.

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Many thanks for your review. The Gardens are very much coming to life after the winter and are changing daily. You should see many more new things on your next visit.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Use the No 6 bus it drops you close, but still a fair length walk to get in, The Park and Ride car park is even further away!More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

The No 6 does take you the closest if you are using public transport. There is an entrance directly off the Park and Ride at Howlands, which enters at the bottom of the garden so you can stroll through to make your way up to...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A nice walk round on a cold and fine day as we hadn't been for some years. Very well kept and very informative. Smaller than it appears on the maps. You need to look and read the signs to get the most out of it....More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you for your comments. I will pass the note about the recording of car number plates to the Supervisor, so she can review the procedures. Hopefully on your next visit, you will see the improvements.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Visited with my wife and two children today (7 & 4 yrs). Have been many times over the last 2 decades but time to leave a 21st century form of recommendation. These gardens are wonderful, they've developed into a fantastic place to spend time. The...More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Many thanks for your review, it is always good to hear from our regular visitors. The cafe has a loyalty card which you can collect and get stamped when you visit and you can work towards free items such as an expresso shot, syrup or...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely gardens but very poor restaurant- high prices and poor customer service. Restaurant staff rude and unhelpful, been going there for 13 years, sadly our last visit for a long time !More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

We are very disappointed you encountered poor service at the Botanic Garden Café. Please accept our sincere apologies for this. We have spoken with the Team Leader and asked her to review service standards with immediate effect. If you would be kind enough to provide...More

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Heather G
30 March 2018|
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Response from liverpoolfan2016 | Reviewed this property |
£4 for adults, children 5-15 £1.50 and under 5 free. Free parking - though if you park in the Durham Park and Ride area you need flag or you will be fined
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lorraine17w
11 June 2016|
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Response from EventDurham | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. We're extremely sorry that we were not able to reply to your question in time. We hope you enjoyed your trip at our Gardens and trust you found somewhere to leave your case with our friendly staff.
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Matthew R
29 March 2016|
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Response from EventDurham | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Please be advised that the garden is quite hilly, but majority of the garden is accessible. For more information please look at the accessibility information on our website.
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