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Durham University Botanic Garden

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Good choice in friendly cafe

The coffee choice was a bit limited but the staff were happy to tweak settings for you. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dunholme
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Durham
So lucky to have this place

We are locals so a yearly ticket is an obvious thing to pay for. We have had some lovely days in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
flowerlady64
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Durham, 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...more
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Hollingside Lane | South Road, Durham DH1 3TN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The coffee choice was a bit limited but the staff were happy to tweak settings for you. The sandwiches and toasties were good. The setting is restful, with a view of the botanic gardens and there are usually pictures by local artists on the wall,...More

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EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We have local artists' work on the walls of the cafe, which changes on a monthly basis. Always something new to see, be it paintings, photography or other artwork. The staff are happy to accommodate individual requests, so please do ask them if you want...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are locals so a yearly ticket is an obvious thing to pay for. We have had some lovely days in the gardens this year. The tubs of tulips are a real delight - such a range of colours. Last Monday we took a camera...More

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

Many thanks for your comments and great to hear you enjoy your visits. I spoke to the Head Gardener about the Alpine Garden to get a little more information, and he said that Alpine plants have a short window, they are adapted to remain dormant...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious lunch, outside; loved the Friendship Garden, flowers in walking boots and the sculptures. Brilliant staff in the cafe and lots of lovely things in the shop. Very peaceful and calming and the trees looked beautiful.

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

It is a fantastic time of year for the colours of leaves on the trees and still some pretty flowers around. So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great couple of hours wandering around. However without sounding like a ‘kill-joy’ it was slightly disturbed by groups of students- who’d of thought!More

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

It is the time of year when we have new students joining the University and they are exploring the area and can be a little over-excited at times. I am sorry they disturbed the peace and quiet, and hope this will not stop you visiting...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really relaxing stroll enjoying the lovely autumn colours. The glasshouses are well worth seeing too and there are good refreshment facilities when you are ready.

Thank MICK0950
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The gardens are beautiful at the moment with all the autumnal leaves. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe at the botanical garden was charming. Sitting was provided indoors as well as outside on the terrace. Food and drinks was very reasonably priced. All the cakes looked very tempting. Had a scone with tea. Scone was excellent provided with good quality clotted cream...More

Thank Prachi N
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the cafe at the Botanic Garden, those cakes are certainly tempting .....

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit! I would recommend taking a walk through the beautiful woods just across the road before touring the gardens, then rounding it off with a meal in their excellent cafe.

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

The woods are an added bonus to the gardens - most beautiful in Spring when full of bluebells. Glad you enjoyed the food in the cafe and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice to walk around and admire nature. Not too big but quite a lot to see. Love that it isn't too crowded and loud. Spent a good few hours here and will be returning once winter arrives.

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

The gardens alter all the time, so look very different as the seasons change. We do hope to welcome you back another time when you can see how different things can be.

Reviewed 7 October 2018

We really enjoyed our rather brief visit to the botanic garden. Didnt have enough time but we found the displays in the greenhouse area fascinating; cacti, orchids, fish, ferns - too much to name. My favorite was the mimosa pudica and carnivorous plants. Sadly no...More

Thank john e
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Hopefully you can come back and spend a little more time with us and see the gardens in different seasons. If you are planning another trip, you might like to look at our Annual Season Tickets which are £15.00 for a year for an adult...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

We spent a couple of hours here, it's a very interesting garden, not too big but there's plenty of interest. We especially enjoyed seeing the North American trees and indoor cacti. We also had lunch in the cafe which was very good, cooked to order,...More

Thank Julia W
EventDurham, Guest Relations Manager at Durham University Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you very much for your feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Garden. Please do be sure to come back in different seasons as the Botanic Garden does look quite different; in Spring, we also have our rare breed...More

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dawnhamilton44
27 May 2018|
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Response from pottsstephen52 | Reviewed this property |
In places. Some of the gardens would be a challenge.
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Heather G
30 March 2018|
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£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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