Cambridge University Botanic Garden


A 40-acre oasis of beautiful gardens and glasshouses to enjoy all year round.

Founded in 1846 by Professor John Henslow, mentor to Charles Darwin, this heritage-listed Botanic Garden is a treasure trove
of over 8,000 plant species, including nine National Collections and a fine arboretum. Highlights include the Winter Garden, buzzing Bee Borders, Rock Garden, Scented Garden and a water-wise Dry Garden. The Glasshouse Range of architectural cactus, alpines and tropical rainforests is perfect for a cold day.

Free Young Explorer backpacks are available to borrow. Please check the website for seasonal trails and the 2016 What’s On calendar.

Opening Times
April – September: 10:00 – 18:00. February, March & October: 10:00 – 17:00. January, November & December: 10:00 – 16:00.

The Glasshouse Range & Garden Café close 30 minutes before Garden closing time, and the Shop 15 minutes before.

Gift Aid admission: £5.50, Standard admission: £5.00, Concession Gift Aid admission: £4.95, Concession admission: £4.50 (Over 65s and students with recognised ID card), Friends of CUBG: free, Children 0-16 inclusive: free (must be accompanied at all times by an adult).

Guided Tours & Group Visits
Free, one-hour guided tours of the Garden’s highlights take place every Sunday during May, June and July, departing Brookside Gate at 3pm. Group visits are welcome and must pre-book at least one week in advance. Bespoke tours led by expert guides can be arranged for groups.

It is less than 1 mile south of the city centre to the Brookside Gate and a short walk from Cambridge Railway Station to the Station Road Gate. If coming by car, please use the Trumpington Park & Ride (M11/J11) and alight at the Bateman Street stop. No visitor parking.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Tel: 01223 336265

Fax: 01223 336278

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