Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

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#2 of 14 in Parks in Cambridge
History and beauty come together at heritage-listed Cambridge University Botanic Garden, originally created in 1831 by Professor John Henslow, Charles Darwin’s mentor and teacher. The garden covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres) and holds a collection of over 8,000 plant species from around the globe. The garden’s greenhouses alone contain over 3,000 species, brought to this location to display the world’s incredible diversity of plant life. Explore the site’s wide range of garden habitats, tree collections, and 144 island beds representing 80 families of flowering plants. Also included at this urban oasis of tranquility are important national collections of tulips, geraniums, alchemilla, bergenia, and lonicera, to name just a few notable plants. Make Cambridge University Botanic Garden a part of your Cambridge vacation plans using our Cambridge vacation planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    The gardens are very interesting and informative, there is plenty of room to wander and sit. Good cafe .many of the plants have labels and the shop is good with reasonably priced herbs  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We didn't have enough time to do this place justice. Cant wait to re visit there is so much to see here. Fantastic glass house, very interesting plants, and lovely fountains. A good place for families...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Many Botanic Gardens don't seem to provide good signage and accurate maps but this one does. It is well laid out so visitors can see all the various sections of the gardens easily and not miss so much...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Interesting variety of gardens, some better than others. I suspect it's a nice resource for students of botany or residents of Cambridge who can use it as a place to relax and watch the seasons change. As a visitor in early June, I found it less enjoyable than other botanical gardens I've visited or even the gardens at the nearby Wimpole Estate.
  • I'm a huge fan of this place. I admit there's not a huge amount to see in the winter but in June and July you can easily spend a day here. Plenty of benches to have a nice sit down as you look up the plants on your phone too.
  • This garden is huge and amazing. They have a really nice collection of diversity plants in the glass house. Worth the price for visit. Love it
  • Such a stunning place to visit if you like gardens and plants then it has it all. Some of the best specimens I have seen

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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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