Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden and many more Cambridge attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cambridge itinerary maker.
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  • We were lucky with the weather, but even in the rain in this garden there are things to do. There is a beautiful indoor pavilions
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  • I can waste hours here the gardens are so beautiful and the greenhouses are so educational - my favourite botanic gardens! 
  • Good all year but spring is my favourite time when the greenhouses are bursting with colour. I particularly like the limestone pavement and lake. 
  • I love this place; I have been all over however I now find myself visiting my favourite spots on a warm bench facing the pond. If you sit long enough on a nice day you can clear your thoughts.
  • You must see it in all seasons to fully appreciate the garden, as it changes your focus from, say, blossoms outside to orchids inside. As the gardens are kept immaculate, you can almost always smell fresh cut grass. Wonderful to slowly walk around.
  • We visited these lovely gardens on a cool day in late April, however there was still plenty of colour and variety in the many settings in which the plants, shrubs and trees are displayed; including formal beds, rockeries and woodland. A useful map helped us to see all of the gardens within around three hours, including a stop for coffee at the excellent Cafe, where there is indoor and outdoor seating, and we also visited the shop. Parking is available on the streets around the gardens, however there is a strict time limit of a maximum of two hours, and change or a mobile 'phone is needed to buy a ticket, so a good option is a 'Park and Ride' bus, which we saw stopping near the gardens. We combined our visit to the gardens with a walk past many of the beautiful long-established Colleges, with their lovely gardens, and we also took a very enjoyable walk along 'The Backs'. Then we found the Grand Arcade shopping centre on St Andrew's Street, which interested my wife; it's just up from Emmanuel College; and we had a great afternoon tea at the patisseria on the corner of Jesus Lane and Bridge Street, just down from Magdalene College. So there's plenty of interest to see after two or three hours in the Botanical Gardens, and I recommend, fully, a day out in Cambridge, based on those lovely Botanical Gardens!
  • Really well kept garden, very nice to walk around. Great for sitting on the grass on a hot day.
  • Great place to relax in nice weather, and you can even work at the cafe. Free for Cambridge students
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