The Garden Landscape Guide

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Leicester University Botanic Garden spans 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying a wide variety of environments, including alpine, tropical, temperate and cactus houses. Outdoors there are rock gardens, a herb garden, a water garden and an arboretum. Included are the national collections of hardy fuchsia, skimmia, Lawson’s cypress and aubrieta. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden. The plant collections and landscape features make this garden one of the most diverse in the region. The water features are particularly pleasing and add character to the setting. Variety is the key to this garden’s strength. The grounds of 4 houses that are now used for student accommodation were merged to form the garden.

Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicestershire, England, LE2 2NE

Weekdays all year (except over the Christmas period). Weekends late March to mid November. Open 10am to 4pm.

Free

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Reviews

  • 6 months by margaret 5 / 5

    great place to visit in any season as its ever changing,
  • about 1 year by Mrs M. T. Oldman 3 / 5

    I was taken, in my wheelchair, to the Botanical Gardens last Friday. It was a lovely experience, except for one thing. As it was a lovely day, we looked forward to a cup of coffee in the attractive garden adjoining the café. Unfortunately this proved to be impossible as the only ramp in sight led into the café. My companions finally moved a table some distance along the entrance path so at least we were able sit in the open air, but felt like Pariahs, well separated from the other customers. I may add that were several members of staff around, but none offered to help. I feel that this situation could be remedied with very little effort, but it would add much to the whole experience. Thank you for your attention.

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Pond, University of Leicester Botanic Garden Photograph © University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Sculpture, Leicester University Botanic Gardens Photograph © Amanda Davey/Tilia Services
House, Leicester University Botanic Gardens Photograph © Amanda Davey/Tilia Services
Leicester University Botanic Gardens Photograph © Amanda Davey/Tilia Services
University of Leicester Botanic Garden Photograph © University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Crocus 2014, University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Photograph © Margaret Warren