Leicester Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden at the University of Leicester focuses on global biodiversity and has an extensive collection of plants from around the world.

Covering 16 acres, there is a wide variety of landscaping including a restored Edwardian formal garden, an arboretum, woodland and herbaceous borders.

Don’t miss the stunning rock garden, the water features and the series of greenhouses with temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents

Dotted around the garden, there are boards packed with information. Did you know that in Japan maple trees are known as kaede (frog’s hands) as well as momjii (baby’s hands or ‘become crimson leaves’)? The blurb continues: ‘According to Shinto beliefs, water, earth and trees are home to spirits. Anyone viewing the maple trees should therefore try to achieve a kind of communion with the leaves. It is believed that if you enter nature in this way, nature will enter you’.

Or discover which plants show Fibonacci Spirals….

The gardens are open throughout the year except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The opening hours are 10-4 during GMT and 10-5 during British summer time.

Free entry to the gardens

There’s no car park but there are plenty of places to park on Glebe Road.

The Attenborough Arboretum is a satellite facility of the Botanic Garden. See separate entry

Travelling south-east towards Oadby on the A6 from the centre of Leicester, turn left down Glebe Road – don’t follow the brown signs to ‘The Botanic Garden’. After about 150 meters, you will see the entrance to the Botanic Gardens on your right.

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Address: Leicester , Leicestershire, LE2 2LD View map Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: No
Cafe: No
Car park: No
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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