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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, England
+44 1223 336265
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Ranked #10 of 106 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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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Maybe I'm spoilt having been raised in the Staffordshire Moorlands and having now moved to rural West Yorkshire but I personally thought this place was overpriced and not particularly nice to look at. Information was good and I did learn a few things but my wife and I did feel there could have been more to offer, particularly for the... More

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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The garden here is amazing, with loads to see and enjoy. I've also been to their 'sounds green' events, which allow you to take a picnic and chair and enjoy live music. Well worth a visit and well priced.

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Gyor, Hungary
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I thought it's gonna be a relatively small garden with some average plants and wow....how wrong I was. It's a huge are with a lot of plants that I've never seen before. There are also a lot of greenhouses where you can see plants of other continents, it's really amazing. Even that many of the flowers in the garden were... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Summer is almost over but there are still lots of lovely plants to see in the garden. The glasshouses are also full of wonderful specimens. The coffee shop is very modern and inviting with a good choice of cakes (flapjacks are scrummy), light lunches and good coffee. Leave the gardens through the Brookside Gate and take a stroll past the... More

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Rhyl
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Not really for me but the boss,my wife, insisted. She loves gardens. They are well stocked and in September still colourful. The best part for me was the pond and fountain, but she loved all of it

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Love urban green space and spent four hours wondering around the glass houses, gardens and just chilling out watching ducks and listening to wall fall. Its a huge space so traffic and urban noises are effectively drowned out. The good citizens of Cambridge are blessed to have such an extensive botanic garden in their little city. Cafe serves good coffee... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We spent a week in Cambridge on holiday and had had a walk around the main centre on our first day but were keen to visit the botanic gardens as my partner likes his plants. It's a wonderful oasis away from the bustling city centre. Myself and my partner like to 'get away from it all' and not be around... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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