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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, England
+44 1223 336265
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Ranked #11 of 107 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Gardens
Owner description: This heritage-listed Botanic Garden was originally conceived by Professor John Henslow, the mentor and teacher of Charles Darwin. The Garden's plant... more » Owner description: This heritage-listed Botanic Garden was originally conceived by Professor John Henslow, the mentor and teacher of Charles Darwin. The Garden's plant collections today number over 8000 species from all over the world, displayed within the best collection of trees in the region. The 40 acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens and glasshouses offer year-round interest and seasonal inspiration. The excellent Cafe and Shop are also open year-round. An oasis in the City, this great Garden makes a great day out. « less
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you can solve the parking and transport to get here then recommend ring fencing 5 hours. Parking 50p per 1/2hr in meter on road outside. Pick a sunny day and enjoy relaxing with a book or picnic and take time to explore the varied gardens, glass houses, rockeries, ponds and water gardens. The day we visited there was also... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a real gem to visit so close to the centre of Cambridge. The gardens are larger than you might expect, so allow at least 2 hours, ideally more, to enjoy the delightful displays and glasshouse.

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Newcastle, UK
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We alighted the city sightseeing bus at the stop opposite them main entrance. I thought the entrance fee (£4.50 for an adult) was ok given our walk of the grounds lasted a few hours. I'm a keen photographer and found plenty of floral subjects to amuse myself with. Very quiet, peaceful and a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The historic city centre is nice to visit, but when we arrived at the garden we found it very pleasant because it was such a contrast to the tourist filled streets of Cambridge. Hundreds of species to see, recommended for children as there are ponds and gardens for them to run around and explore. A small fee £4.50 per person... More

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The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Perhaps I'm spoiled but I try to visit the botanical gardens everywhere I go, and usually they are of a certain quality. These were poorly maintained and relatively expensive.

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was slightly disappointed with the gardens as there were very few flowers in bloom. There are an abundance of flora and fauna and an interesting greenhouse but I would have expected more flowers for August ? We had a nice walk through the gardens but I expected more.

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Where else can you spend a day in beautiful surroundings - loads of ancient and modern trees,flower beds,glasshouses and lots of activities all for less than £5 full price (less for concessions and children) ? Plenty of space for children to explore and generally run around but opportunities to learn about nature also. A good experience at a fantastic price.

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Cambridgeshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Beautiful gardens and ponds. Lovely on a sunny day for a picnic and wander around, avoid buying your lunch there, as rather expensive.

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited the gardens on a warm & windy day. The gardens are lovely & they are not "precious" about their lawns - unlike all the colleges! There were lots of young families playing & having picnics. There are lots of different trees & plants to see. The tickets are valid all day so you could eat elsewhere and come... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Prohibitively expensive sandwiches and drinks. A rip off of highest order! Take your own food and drink.

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