The Cambridge University Botanical Garden is another favourite destination in Cambridge. Its glasshouse is the main attraction. If you want to visit, here are some things to know beforehand:
1. The garden was formerly located at the heart of the city, in what is now the New Museums Site. A larger land area was needed to house more plant species.
2. The garden was established to create a place for research on living plants. The students of Cambridge University study these.
3. It is home to the national plants such as Shrubby Lonicera, Alchemilla, Bergenia, and Ribes. Various tree species also grow in the Botanic Garden such as Californian Buckeye, Judas Tree, Birches, Handkerchief Tree, and Corn Oak.
4. Some of the different areas in the garden are: the Autumn Garden, Bog Garden, Rose Garden, and Bee Borders
5. It houses more than 8,000 plant species from all over the world.
6. It is 40 acres large and is built on level ground.
7. The garden is about 15 minutes away from the city centre. You can take the bus to get here. Or if you are coming from out of town, you can take the train. The botanic garden is near the train station.
8. Visitors can go to the garden shop and cafe, and a grass maze. There is a school garden where children can learn about horticulture.
9. The Glasshouse Range is home to interesting plants that grow in different habitats, or adapt differently or thrive in diverse environments.
10. The ticket price for adults is £6. Children under 16 years old get free admission. Students of Cambridge University can also get in for free as long as they can show their valid University Card. However, at the moment, visitors are required to pre-book their tickets before going to the Garden.
Aside from learning about horticulture, you are sure to find some Instagram-worthy pictures when you visit the garden. Don’t forget to wear your comfortable shoes so you can visit the whole 40 acres.