Cambridge University Botanic GardenCurrently Closed
- Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, United Kingdom, CB2 1JE
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-1223336265
- Fax: +44-01223336278
- Ticket Price: 5 GBP
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Botanical Garden, Educational Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Landmarks
A rainbow of colours will dance upon green stalks as you enter the remarkable Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Nature lovers, especially those who adore plants and flowers, will find this garden positively delightful as well as deeply interesting. It’s fascinating to note how many different species of plant are present in these glasshouses, that too from all around the globe. This isn’t just beauty but an experiment in sustaining diverse forms of life under one roof! Like many things ‘Cambridge’, this garden marries visual aestheticism with scientific research, resulting in an absorbing botany lesson as you enjoy the scents that waft through the room.
Since its creation in 1846, the Garden has been source of inspiration to botanists, families and seekers of peace alike. Originally, the land was flat and unpromising but a Professor Henslow and Cardale Babington skilfully planned the layout. A lovely lake was constructed, trees and shrubs were planted in the surrounding area and finally, glass houses were constructed. A rock garden was built as well, making it one of the first of its kind in England. By the 1870’s, botanical teaching and research began to take place. This Garden has been the sight for much work on plant genetics, physiology and pathology. It’s safe to say that much of the initial human understanding of the plant kingdom sprouted from within these walls.
Outside, there are giant trees that shade you and exotic flowers that will please your senses. Raised on sunshine, water and tender, loving care, and with chairs and benches scattered around, these grounds are perfect for a picnic.
Once you enter the greenhouse is when the adventure begins! Succulent plants and thorny cactus show the hardy nature of desert plants, a mini rainforest displays the constant battle for survival even in water rich conditions, there’s a plant display that compares and contrasts the fire dependent, floristically rich plant communities of South Africa and SW Australia and there’s even the descendent of the tree from which the apple descended upon Sir Isaac Newton’s head!
There are collections of flowers whose petals peek out only during cold weather and then there are those that thrive in the sultry heat.
These are just a few examples that add to the truly impressive array of vegetative life that thrives here.
Visiting the Garden is almost like an adventure through seasons and continents, and one you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.
- Cambridge is a driver's nightmare, so use the Trumpington Park and Ride, asking the bus driver to drop you at the Botanic Gardens, as you get on. It's £3.40 per person: have change for the ticket machines.
- Buy the guide in order to get a lot of information on the plant life.
- Free for Kids under age 16.
- Over 65s and students with a recognised identification card: £4.50
- The Garden does not have any public car parking or coach parking. Groups arriving by coach are advised to download the coach parking map for Cambridge from the link left.
- There is pay and display parking available along Trumpington Road, 8 hour maximum stay, Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. There are also a few pay and display bays on Bateman Street, 2 hour maximum stay, Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm.
- The Alma Public House (British)
- Japas Sushi (Japanese, Sushi)
- Le Gros Franck (French)
- Sahara Restaurant Cafe (Lebanese)
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95% of people who visit Cambridge include Cambridge University Botanic Garden in their plan
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62.44% of people start their Cambridge University Botanic Garden visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cambridge University Botanic Garden
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Beautiful place. Very informative too. It's a wonderful idea for a relaxing outing, especially on a sunny day. There are various facilities, a lovely cafe with good food and also a little shop with lots of nice things in it! I strongly recommend this place.
Beautiful park. If I had kids I would bring them here. Entrance price is reasonable. And fall colors are everywhere. I'm going to have to return in the spring as I imagine this place must look amazing. Not as great as the Edinburgh royal gardens but worth the time.
I'm not really into botanic gardens, but this place was fantastic. After a session of punting, we walked here in about 15 minutes from the town centre. Had a snack in the cafė and then spent an enjoyable afternoon looking around the planting and appreciating the 'structures'. My lovely wife took some pictures of a particular structure that she wants me to build in our own garden.
Went during off season (autumn) and there is no difference in terms of the beauty and calmness of the nature in Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. The park is really big. There is a nice looking cafeteria inside. Also, a massive greenhouse there right in the middle of the gardens. Don't miss it. If you are in Cambridge worth paying a visit. The entrance fee is £5/£6 if I am not wrong. But, the day we went there it was free. I highly recommend this botanical gardens. Thank you.
Compact gardens well laid out with good labelling. Planting of interest across the seasons with significant mature trees and shrubs. Great coffee shop with cooked food too. Highly recommended. £6 entry fee is a bargain.