Photo: Vicky Brock

The Durham Botanic Garden is part of the University of Durham, set in 10 acres of mature woodland on the southern edge of Durham City. The Botanic Garden provides an academic resource to the university, as well as providing educational visits to schools and being open to the general public.

The gardens are enjoyed by a variety of people, young and old, and many find themselves lost in the beauty of the plants that are grown and nurtured at Durham Botanic Garden.

Take a look around this unique garden and notice something different on each visit, and with the turn of the seasons. The amazing plant collection houses flora from all over the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile. Don’t forget about the traditional woodland garden, alpine garden and a bamboo grove!

Rising high in the centre of the garden is the monkey puzzle tree, drawing your eye towards the middle of the garden. Enter the glass houses to get a taste of the tropics, with tropical rainforest plants, desert plants and Mediterranean species which are kept warm all year round for you to enjoy them.

Between late summer and early spring, the arboretum is grazed by the garden’s flock of rare breed sheep. Grazing the grassland, benefiting the local wildlife and insects, this process is a vital part of the green management programme at Durham Botanic Garden.


Durham University Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane,South Road, Durham City, DH1 3TN
Tel: (+44) (0)191 33 45521
Times: Daily, 10am – 4pm, November – February
Daily, 10am – 5pm, March – October