Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

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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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  • Such a lovely place in the centre of the city Perfect to potter about, stretch your legs, admire the plants and then take a break in the coffee shop where you can buy tasty organic and homemade food. ...  more »
  • Went for the orchid festival, which was nice enough although display was all over the place. However, the gardens are beautiful, especially the winter garden at this time of year. Also spotted a coupl...  more »
  • We have seen the garden in January, so the bloom outside was non-existent, but equally the Conservatory is beautiful, with bright colors and lovely plants and taken care of. greenhouses are gorgeous with tropical plants and environments that recreate the natural habitat there certain plants. We ate at the bar, very good and convenient.
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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Expansive formal gardens, with a wide variety of trees and plants from all over the world. Glasshouses are spectacular and the cafe is very well run. Staff are friendly and knowledge.

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