Botanic Garden- Cambridge University, Cambridge

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Botanic Garden- Cambridge University, Cambridge - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, United Kingdom

Phone: +44-1223336265

Ticket Price: 5 GBP

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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.

Botanic Garden- Cambridge University Information

  • 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.

Botanic Garden- Cambridge University Ticket Prices

  • Free for Kids under age 16.
  • Over 65s and students with a recognised identification card: £4.50

How To reach Botanic Garden- Cambridge University by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Botanic Garden- Cambridge University

  • The Alma Public House (British)
  • Japas Sushi (Japanese, Sushi)
  • Le Gros Franck (French)
  • Sahara Restaurant Cafe (Lebanese)

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  • This is one of the greatest botanical gardens I've ever seen. The vaule of the plants there is so high and the garden is just lovely. Very friendly staff and amazing selfmade food there. If you want to escape the challenges and choices the world gives you, this is the place to go.

  • More than decent half day trip. It may not be the prettiest but you would be surprised at the variety of flora and fauna on offer. Extremely picturesque too. Decent cafe there.

  • The best one I have ever visited. An impressive selection of plants and a perfectly designed green house. Went there for an hour and ended up spending half of day. I highly recommend it to everybody! Also the price is amazing £5

  • The Garden is unique! You can find here a huge variety of plants starting from your regular garden ones to more exotic that live only in Africa. Each plant has a tag with it's name and family. There are info panels almost everywhere which are very entertaining and informing. The garden is divided into sections (example - the Dry garden) so if you are interested in something particular you can find it easily. The area is quite massive but there are benches everywhere, so you can take a rest and enjoy the scenery. There are some areas for kids to enjoy (the grass maze) but there are no dedicated playgrounds and you should watch them all the time since the plants are fragile and should not be picked up or stomped. The Garden Cafe is nice but nothing special, the prices are of every other Cafe. The Garden Shop has some interesting offers including a jar of honey from Cambridge.

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  • Very nice.... large variety of plants. Would make it easier to connect if there was a guide. Great place to relax on a summer day. Beautiful and grand vistas to see...

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