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Gardens to visit in Cambridge – 5 beautiful gardens in Cambridge

3rd Court, Christ's College. Christ's College has a range of affordable accommodation available over the Easter period and in the Summer. It's the prefect place for a budget city break in Cambridge. There are a variety of beautiful gardens in Cambridge that guests can visit.

Gardens to visit in Cambridge – 5 beautiful gardens in Cambridge

Welcome to Cambridge, there are so many gardens in Cambridge to visit and each one is like a piece of paradise! Whether you’re a local or visiting for a day they will be sure to leave a lasting impression.

Christ’s College Gardens

Walking around this garden in Cambridge is like escaping to a tranquil oasis. The Christ College gardens have something to offer every season. First Court, the oldest part of the College, is home to a stunning 200-year-old Wisteria and its circular lawn is the only one of its kind in all of Cambridge’s 31 Colleges.

The Fellows Garden boasts an exquisite atmosphere and a remarkable history – featuring the renowned Mulberry Tree planted by Milton in 1609. Finally, Third Court Garden will captivate you in the early Spring with its spectacular display of irises. Be sure to pay a visit to Christ College for a truly magical experience!

Christ’s College, including the Gardens in First, Second, and Third Courts and the Darwin Garden, is normally open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the week. Access to the Fellows’ Garden is usually open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (Mondays-Fridays) apart from the quiet periods when students are completing exams.

Cambridge University Botanical Gardens

Located in the heart of Cambridge close to the train station, this is one of the must-see gardens in Cambridge. The Gardens, opened in 1846, are a wonderful combination of educational wonder and beauty.

Gardens in Cambridge Giant Redwood, Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
Giant Redwood, Cambridge University Botanical Garden

This awe-inspiring garden houses over 8,000 varieties of plants, making it truly remarkable.  As you walk through the gardens its hard not to miss the Giant Redwood trees and their splendor.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of different eco-systems in the glasshouses, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind Brick Tree, situated right beside the Rose Garden.

Madingley Hall Gardens 

The glorious gardens that surround Madingley Hall reflect centuries of change. This elegant country house is surrounded by seven acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, designed in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown. The development of the garden over the years is a fine example of the history of garden design.

In 1983 a new garden was designed behind the Hazel Walk, which includes a herb and medicinal garden and a white garden. The gardens are open 10-4 pm daily and dogs are welcome.

Trinity Hall Gardens

This gem of a garden in Cambridge is a short walk from the main central area. Discover Trinity Hall’s extraordinary gardens, situated in two main locations in Cambridge. Dating back to 1350, the main garden in the city is the oldest of its kind and is full of beautiful, unique flora and fauna.

Just west of the city, the Wychfield site is a green oasis surrounded by majestic, mature trees. In the shade of these, box, ivy, ferns, and other shade-loving species thrive, providing shelter for local wildlife. Explore the grounds and you’ll spot native birds and mammals in their natural habitats. Visit their website for opening times.

Newnham College Gardens

Newnham Gardens is a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Its grounds are often called the Secret Gardens of Cambridge. Set on 17 acres and broken up into large lawns and wildflower areas, as well as herbaceous borders and formal gardens. The Garden features a sunken Rose Garden with a formal pool, which was dedicated to the co-founder Henry Sidgwick. Please visit their website for opening times

Further afield these gardens are also worth a trip

National Trust Anglesey Abbey

The grounds are full of lush greenery, colorful flowers, and stunning statues, creating a beautiful backdrop for your stroll. The Dahlia festival begins around August time and features over 130 varieties of amazing Dahlia flowers, from vibrant pinks and oranges to classic yellows and whites! Walk alongside the stunning rainbow Dahlia bed and admire the intricate features of the different Dahlia types.

Gardens in Cambridge. Dahlia Festival Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge
Gardens in Cambridge. Dahlia Festival – Anglesey Abbey

Every Winter the Snowdrop woodland walk is open to visitors, take a walk through the gardens and woods and enjoy pockets of snowdrops along the way. This year they are launching a new specialist Daffodil tour, running weekdays from 20th March- 21 April 2023.

Chippenhall Gardens

Immerse yourself in winding paths, secret corners, and exotic shrubs and flowers. These awe-inspiring gardens offer more than 40 acres of both formal and informal features including parklands, lakes, woodland walks, and formal gardens crafted in an ‘Anglo Dutch style. Thanks to the designs of William Earnes and Samuel Lappidge, the gardens were beautifully informalized in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Whether you’re taking photos, having a romantic picnic, or just looking to spend time outdoors, this space has something for everyone to enjoy!

Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds

The majestic Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds is a captivating sight for tourists near and far. Situated on the grounds of a former Benedictine Abbey, it is England’s fourth most visited free attraction as recognized by Visit England. With over 14 acres of vibrant and diverse displays, it has won numerous awards for its remarkable beauty. Every spring and autumn, an abundance of plants, including 20,000 bedded out for summer and 12,000 and 20,000 bulbs for the spring, are set up in preparation for a breathtaking landscape. Take a stroll and take in the richness of its heritage – you won’t regret it!

There’s plenty of gardens in Cambridge to explore, so start planning your next trip today!

Our Cambridge accommodation rooms are modern, and many have an en-suite bathroom. As a guest of the College, you are welcome to explore the beautiful grounds which are steeped in history. 

Our dedicated team of staff recently won a Gold Bid Award for Best Overall Customer Experience 2022, so you can be sure of a warm welcome.

To find out more about the Bed and Breakfast accommodation we offer visit www.christscollegehospitality.co.uk

Book directly with us and you will receive 10 percent off our publicised rates and a welcome pack on arrival. Just set up a member login on our website before you book.

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