Cambridge University Botanic Garden

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1 Brookside

  • Enquiries: 01223 336265
  • Education Office: 01223 748451

Cambridge University Botanic Garden was established on its 40 acre site less than 1 mile from the City centre by Professor John Stevens Henslow and opened in 1846. Since its opening in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis for all our visitors. Henslow, who is perhaps now best remembered for inspiring his pupil Charles Darwin with a love of natural science, recognised the need to study plants in their own right. The plant collection today numbers over 8000 species including nine National Collections and the best arboretum in the region. This heritage-listed Garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, whenever you visit, you will find plants to intrigue and enchant. Today the Garden welcomes over 275,000 visitors each year.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10 am - 6 pm April to September 10 am - 5 pm February, March and October 10 am - 4 pm November to January (The Glasshouses close 1/2 hour before the Garden closing time)


Friend of CUBG: FREE on production of a valid Friends’ Membership Card Adult *: £6.00 Concession *: £5.50 Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card Children 0-16 inclusive: FREE must be accompanied by an adult at all times Student at Cambridge University: FREE on production of a valid University Card Essential Carer for Disabled Visitor: FREE no admission charge is made for companions of disabled visitors without whose assistance the disabled visitor would be unable to gain access to the Garden Standard Adult: £5.45 Standard Concession: £5.00 Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card

Travel directions:

The Botanic Garden occupies a 40-acre site less than a mile south of Cambridge City Centre, bordered by Trumpington Road (A1309) to the west and Hills Road (A1307) to the east. The Garden has two entrances: * Brookside Gate is located at the corner of Trumpington Road and Bateman Street; and * Station Road Gate is located behind the War Memorial at the junction of Hills Road and Station Road. Both Gates are open daily. Car / Park & Ride If travelling by car, we advise you to use the Park & Ride services. The Trumpington Park & Ride (off J11, M11, open daily) delivers and collects near our Brookside entrance. The Babraham Park & Ride, near the Gog Magog Golf Course, stops at the train station, from where it is a short walk up Station Road to the Station Road Gate. Train Cambridge Rail Station is a 4 to 5 minute walk from the Station Road Gate entrance to the Garden, along Station Road. If taking a taxi from the station to the Garden, the driver will likely drop you at the Brookside Gate due to the lack of parking/stopping nearby the Station Road Gate.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Gardens open to public
  • Library
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

The Café opens daily at 10am, closing 30 minutes before Garden closing. Plus the Café now offers free Wi-Fi – just collect the password from the counter with your coffee! The Botanic Garden Shop at the Brookside Gate offers a wide selection of quality plants, books, stationery, silver jewellery, children’s toys and unique gifts for gardeners. Electric scooters and manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge from both the Brookside Gate and the Station Road Gate. We only have a few scooters/wheelchairs, so to ensure availability for your visit we advise pre-booking in advance during Monday-Friday office hours (9am-1pm / 2-4.30pm) by telephone, or by email via Contact Form.


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Guided tours
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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