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Cambridge Botanic Hothouse in distance, greenery and trees in front of it.
Nature Trail at Cambridge Botanic Garden, autumnal trees overlooking path.
Striking orange fruit from Titus at Cambridge Botanic Garden
Lavender and sunflowers grown tall at Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • If you're looking for things to do in Cambridgeshire, check out the Cambridge Botanic Gardens, home to a 40-acre oasis of serene gardens and glasshouses.
  • Visit Cambridgeshire for an exciting introduction to the natural world for families, and a lovely day out.
  • Don't miss out on the super family-friendly events that are held regularly.


The Cambridge Botanical Gardens are home to a collection of over 8,000 plant species, originating from all different parts of the world and the plants and people here facilitate teaching, learning and research. Resources such as plant material, facilities and horticultural expertise are provided to researchers and lecturers. It's not just a pretty garden, but so much more. 

The botanical gardens are stunning, with so much to discover, from tropical plants to British wildflowers, whether you're a nature enthusiast or total beginner, this gorgeous landscape will create a day to remember. 

Landscape highlights at the Gardens include the Winter Garden, the richly-fragranced Scented Garden offering delightful smells, plus the buzzing Bee Borders, a honeypot for bees and visitors. 
 

Be sure to check out the Rock Garden which holds alpine plants from the mountains of every continent, plus the Lake and Water Garden are just bursting with birdlife. The Cambridge Botanic Garden Hothouses have seasonal displays you don't want to miss out on, with the historic Systematic Beds displaying 1600 fantastic representatives of more than 80 families of flowering plants. 

From fun night-time activities to summer days of fun, the Cambridge Botanic Gardens have a wide array of great things for families to do. Fancy spotting some bats on a night-time patrol? The botanic gardens have got you covered. Or maybe a nature trail is more your thing, from dancing in the gardens to exploring the grass maze, which was inspired by Celtic design, cut into the existing lawn. There's truly something everyone can enjoy. 

With a school's garden, there is a range of activities that aim to teach the little ones about horticulture, and they do it in a fun, interactive way, engaging the kids in the best way possible. 

The Botanical Gardens Christmas events are special and festive, and not to be missed, featuring exhibitions, events, talks and activities, the atmosphere is wonderful and warm. This is perfect if you're touring the UK's best gardens, like Ness Botanic Garden or Kew Gardens, which also have great Christmas themed family events. 

Don't miss out on the Festival of Plants, in the early summer the Garden is healthy and looking its best; there are many popular activities offered to visitors which are great fun.

What to know before you go

  • For those with access needs, electric scooters and manual wheelchairs are available to borrow (for free) at both the Brookside Gate and Station Road Gate. It is recommended that you pre-book this.
  • The paths around the garden are clear and navigable, perfect for pushchair and wheelchair users.
  • There is a low-level counter fitted at Brookside Gate, for visitors with access needs to make navigation easier, the path surfaces are mostly gravel, and there are large stretches of lawn which are sloped with paving ramps to enable access. Plus, there are benches dotted around the Garden and special wheelchair accessible picnic tables in the majority of the picnic areas.
  • There are accessible toilets near the Glasshouses, at the Brookside Gate and at the Café.
  • Registered guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the Botanic Garden.
  • Visit the Garden Café to enjoy some freshly made sandwiches, pastries, soups, cakes and more. Made freshly by the Garden Café chefs, you know the food is good quality, plus a number of the scrumptious cakes are brought by local company Roberta's Patisserie.
  • If you're looking to try out some more eateries in Cambridge, why not check out some pubs on the River Cam for some scenic meals with a view?
  • Picnics are also really popular as it's such a beautiful setting, so be sure to bring some snacks.

Getting there

  • The Botanic Garden is around a 15-minute walk from Cambridge city centre, and around five minutes from Cambridge Train Station. There are entrances on Trumpington Road, located by Brookside Gate and Hills Road, located by Station Road Gate.
  • If travelling via bike, there are bike racks available in the bike park which is situated near the Brookside Gate and inside our Station Road Gate. Bicycles and scooters cannot be used in the Garden.
  • If travelling by car, there is no parking on site at the Botanic Garden, so check out the closest NCP car park.
  • The Park & Ride services are recommended. The Trumpington Park and Ride stops right outside the Brookside gate, located on Trumpington Road. If you are looking for parking, there is limited pay and display parking on Trumpington Road and Bateman Street.
  • There is on-street parking available near the entrance in Bateman Street and by Trumpington Street, although no spaces dedicated to blue badge holders.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines

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