Durham University Botanic Garden

“Large, attractive gardens and good quality food available in the cafe.” - VisitEngland Assessor

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Durham, County Durham

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Our View

This 10-hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City and offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. Visit the Botanic Garden and become lost in the natural beauty of our site. Explore the many different natural areas, with new plant-life and hidden artworks around every corner. There is also a visitor centre with a café and gift shop.

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Durham University Botanic Garden
c/o Event Durham, Maple Wing, Mountjoy Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3TN
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About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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