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 2017 What’s On calendar.

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

The Glasshouse Range & Garden Café close 30 minutes before Garden closing time, and the Shop 15 minutes before. The Garden will be closed from Sunday 24 December 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive.

Adult admission: £5.50, Concession admission: £4.95 (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).

*includes a voluntary 10% donation which will contribute to the work of the Garden. Visitors can choose standard admission, prices displayed at the Garden and website.


Guided Tours & Group Visits
Free ‘turn up’ tours of the Garden’s highlights, monthly on the first Sunday from February-December, and weekly every Sunday from May-September. Guided tours can be arranged. For details see website.

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

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

Tel: 01223 336265

Fax: 01223 336278

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