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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  • It felt like a very nice park rather than a botanical garden. Would have been nice to see an area dedicated to medicinal plants and edible plants. A small area had scented plants. Hard to find... 
    It felt like a very nice park rather than a botanical garden. Would have been nice to see an area dedicated to medicinal plants and edible plants. A small area had scented plants. Hard to find...  more »
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a 40 acre, Grade II listed heritage garden in the centre of Cambridge and easy to access. We found it a a very tranquil place with plants/shrubs laid out and... 
    Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a 40 acre, Grade II listed heritage garden in the centre of Cambridge and easy to access. We found it a a very tranquil place with plants/shrubs laid out and...  more »
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  • This is one of the most fantastic places for families with children. All the garden is just Great, with so many beautiful places that are hidden on the way. Every time we go there we can see different species, different flowers. My family love this place ❤
  • Beautiful place to spend a couple of hours. There was a good range of plants and flowers which were all well signed. We went in early spring so unfortunately missed a lot of the flowering but there was still plenty to see. Imagine it must be incredibly beautiful when everything is in bloom! There were some nice areas which were more interactive, perfect for children to explore. Only downsides are that it's reasonably pricey to enter if not a Cambridge student or friend of the garden (£6.90 per adult as of spring 2021) and there isn't a great deal of parking available. That being said, I would recommend a visit if you're in Cambridge and a fan of gardens.

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