When looking for things to do in Durham city centre, why not check out the Botanic Garden? It is part of a myriad of things to do belonging to Durham University. These beautiful botanic gardens contain things to do for families, children, adults and most ages (in our humble opinion). Set in beautiful mature woodlands, the 10-hectare gardens are open to the public. 

The Gardens are a leading attraction in Durham, with guests young and old visiting year-round.

What is in the gardens?

-winter gardens.
-bamboo grove.
-alpine garden.
-glass houses.
-woodland garden.
-wildflower meadow.

Activities and events are run for children and families during holiday times, which means this beautiful venue is an excellent choice for days out with children. And maybe an option you hadn’t already thought of? check out the website for different events and activities catering for specialist interests. Local artists display their work in the coffee shop, which rotates on a monthly basis. 

Come and take a look at the website, booking isn’t required and they are open throughout the year, 7 days a week!   

Learn about different seasons, take part in botanic activities, plan family trips with family activities on offer, and become a friend of the garden to find out about various events.  Find out about botanical science, learn about identifying features and discover the history of the garden. 

Also belonging to Durham University are the following attractions; 

Q Is there parking available?

There is a small car park near the visitor centre, or you can park at the Park & Ride to enter the park from the other side. Parking is free. Park and Ride can be contacted on 0191 374 1702.

Q How do I get there via bus?

Get on the bus to Bishop Auckland and ask for Hollingside Lane or Colleges. The walk/journey is about 5 mins on foot up hill from the bus stop.

Q Is it wheelchair accessible?

There are level entry points to the cafe and the gardens, there is challenging terrain throughout the gardens, the carpark is gravel and the disabled toilet would struggle to house more than 2 people. It is also home to the changing facilities. There is disabled parking bays.

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