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Last updated: 07 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

More than simply a beautiful place to visit, the Botanic Gardens has been at the forefront of horticultural research for 175 years. There are over 8,000 plant species from all over the world, separated into different areas; a spectacular array of trees flank the main walk, with glasshouses, a raised walkway and rose gardens, meadows and Mediterranean gardens all ablaze with colour and scent.

More than just a place to come and stroll, this will appeal to keen gardeners, and anyone fascinated by plants.


Price from: £6
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The garden is five minutes’ walk from Cambridge train station, and fifteen minutes from the town centre. On weekends there are free tours of the garden – check the website for timings.

When to do it

The gardens are open all year round, seven days a week. The garden is particularly beautiful from late spring through to autumn.

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Cambridgeshire , United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior view of historic Cambridge college with green lawn in front

A picturesque, charming city steeped in learning, architecture and history. It’s home to two world-class art museums and one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities.