These beautiful botanical gardens are focused on biodiversity and protecting species from all around the world. Because of it being run by the university there is a large focus on scientific research and education so it a great place to see and learn about the plants, their collections, and why they are important to be protected and grown here, in Leicester. There are also 12 permanent sculptures in the gardens so there’s plenty to see for a sunny day in Leicester!
Where are the University of Leicester Botanical Gardens?
The garden has been in Oadby since 1947 but, a more recent addition is the Attenborough Arboretum which was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1997 and documents the native species of trees throughout British history. While the botanical garden is managed and well kept to be beautiful the Arboretum is considered more of a ‘wild site’ and they strongly encourage coming and seeing if you can spot any wildlife that you might not expect in a city garden!
- The Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum are open throughout the year, seven days a week, 10am to 4pm (5pm during British Summer Time).
- The Arboretum is closed over the whole Christmas – New Year period.
- Entry is free!