Self-guided visits

Opportunities are available for schools and groups to use the Botanic Garden or Attenborough Arboretum to lead their own educational activities. Classrooms can be hired. Please contact us to discuss availablity.

However we do ask that you:

  1. Pre-book and let us know the type of activities you are planning. This is for your benefit as well as ours as we can advise you what other activities are happening that day and whether these will interfere with your plans. Please note pond dipping can only be led by those named on our licence. Classrooms are available to hire at both sites.
  2. Remember the Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum are for education and research and not a public park for sports style activities.
  3. Recognise that some activities need a member of the Botanic Garden staff present.
  4. Recognise that during the school summer term and at other busy times we will ask you for groups over 12 in number to hire enough rooms for your group. This is because self-guided visits use the Garden and the toilets therefore limits what taught programmes we can offer those days - therefore is for us a loss of income. Therefore to partly compensate for this we would need you to hire a classroom suitable for your group size - £35 for a class of 30 or £50 for a class of 60 or both rooms for a group of 90 - £85.
  5. During busy periods you may not be able to use the glasshouses as these will be being used to maximum capacity by those on taught programmes.

Schools may like to download our self-guided activity booklet.

Garden history trail: a self-guided trail to the history of the houses and their gardens.

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Visitors' entrance

The visitor entrance to the Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD. Parking is on Glebe Road.

Contact us

Correspondence address:
University of Leicester Botanic Garden,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Botanic Garden office phone: 0116 271 2933
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Botanic Garden.

Café in the Garden

Café in the Garden 2018

We regret that the University Catering Dept. will be not be providing a café in the Botanic Garden this summer.

However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar on our website.

Sculpture exhibition

Please note that there will not be a University sculpture exhibition in the Botanic Garden in 2018.