Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The gardens were opened in 1846 and provide habitat for a wide variety of plant species. There are a number of different habitat zones, including a Rock Garden, featuring alpine plants from every continent, Water Garden, Tropical rainforest, and glasshouses with seasonal displays. The Systematic Beds feature over 80 varieties of flowering plants.
You can walk to the gardens from the city centre - our family has done it, with an 11-year old - in 20-30 minutes. But there are also regular buses that run to a stop just outside the garden gates.
Summing up the Botanic Gardens
We had a lovely family visit, though the weather turned unpleasant and decided to shower us part way through. We sheltered in a gazebo through the worst of the downpour and had a wonderful - if slightly damp - stroll through the rest of the garden.
Families should find plenty of interesting places to explore and lots of space for children to burn off steam! And for adults, the variety of plants makes for a very enjoyable experience, whether you are blessed with a green thumb or not. I personally have an experienced 'brown thumb', but I enjoyed the gardens enormously, even at the end of a tiring day walking around Cambridge.
About Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, CB2 1JE
Attraction Type: Garden
Website: Botanic Gardens
Phone: 01223 336 265
OS: TL456 572
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Scott Polar Research Institute - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Fitzwilliam Museum - 0.5 miles (Museum)
Peterhouse College - 0.6 miles (Historic Building)
Little St Mary's, Cambridge - 0.6 miles (Historic Church)
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - 0.7 miles (Museum)
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - 0.7 miles (Museum)
Cambridge University Museum of Zoology - 0.7 miles (Museum)
Pembroke College - 0.7 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Botanic Gardens:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01223 791 500
Alternate Tel: 01223 791 501 (Tours)