We are looking forward to welcoming the public back to Cambridge University Botanic Garden. We will do this in phases, reopening to our Friends only for Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 June, and then to the general public from Tuesday 16 June.
So that everyone can relax and enjoy their visit, things will look a bit different.
Our priority is the health and safety of our visitors and staff, so we have put social distancing and hygiene measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What is going to be different?
When we reopen, entry to the Garden will be by pre-booked tickets only so that we can control visitor numbers on site. Tickets are available online from our website.
Only visitors with pre-booked tickets will be given admission to the Garden. This also applies to our Friends, who can still enter for free, but must do so with a pre-booked ticket. And if you are bringing children aged 0-16 with you, please ensure that they have (free) pre-booked tickets too.
There will be a limited number of tickets available each day to prevent overcrowding. These will be released at 10am each Thursday. We know that there will be a high demand for these tickets and you may be disappointed if tickets are unavailable for your preferred day – we apologise in advance, but we hope you will understand that these measures are necessary.
Tickets for Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 June (all visitors including Friends) will go on sale from 10am, Thursday 11 June.
We were delighted to open for Friends-only for the first week as a thank you for their continued support during closure, for which we are extremely grateful.
Please note that the Garden will be closed on Monday 15 June to make any necessary changes ready for reopening to all visitors on Tuesday 16 June.
For further information, please visit our Reopening FAQs.
Making the site as safe as possible
We have thought hard about the best, most safe ways for you to enter and move around the Garden. In addition to limiting the number of people on site with pre-booked ticketing, we are putting many other measures in place to make visiting as safe as possible:
There will be different entrances and exits to prevent overcrowding at the gates:
- From Hills Road/Station Road, entrance will be via the usual gate. Exit will be via the Hills Road service gate (further down Hills Road set into the new fence).
- From Trumpington Road/Brookside, entrance will be via the usual gate. Exit will be via the Brookside Bike Park.
A queuing system will be in place at the gates to minimise the need for person-to-person interaction and to maintain a safe flow of people coming into the Garden.
Your tickets and Friends membership cards will be checked through the (closed) ticket office window.
In the rest of the Garden there will be clear signage and queueing systems where necessary to help you get around easily and safely.
We are installing hand sanitiser stations around the Garden and you will also notice additional cleaning at the ticket offices and the toilets.
Areas where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, such as the Glasshouse Range, will remain closed for now and some areas, such as the Winter Garden and Rising Path, will have limited entry or one way systems and clear signage to ensure social distancing.
Shop, Café and Picnics
When we reopen to Friends on Tuesday 9 June, the Shop and Café will be closed, however we plan to reopen them from Tuesday 16 June when we reopen to the general public. When that happens, they will only accept contactless payment. The Café will operate as a takeaway only, and the Shop will be based at the Plant Hut in the centre of the Garden.
You are welcome to bring picnics, although we would encourage you to take your rubbish home with you please. The Garden’s picnic benches have been rearranged to allow for social distancing.
Please do not visit the Botanic Garden if:
- You are currently suffering from a respiratory illness
- You have had recent contact with COVID-19 cases or suspected cases
When you are in the Garden, please respect the social distancing rules and keep a 2m distance from those not part of your household at all times.
The safety of our visitors and staff is our absolute priority and we hope that these actions will enable you to enjoy your visit to the Garden – relaxing, walking and appreciating the beauty of plants.
Your continued support of the Garden at this challenging time is incredibly important to us.
The Garden has been closed to the public for 11 weeks and even though we are reopening, it will be with limited visitor numbers. A large proportion of our income comes from admissions, our Shop, Café and courses programme, and so without this, but having had the constant costs of maintaining our Collection, estate and staff, we need your support more than ever.
If you would like to make a donation towards maintaining the Garden now and into the future, please click here.