Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Botanic Garden & Attenborough Arboretum

Guided tours are available to visiting groups by prior arrangement, and can be tailored to suit your needs, e.g. outside the normal opening hours. On arrival, visiting groups are divided into smaller parties of about ten people each. A trained volunteer Guide (from the Friends of the Botanic Garden) then accompanies each party around the Garden or Arboretum. A tour typically takes about 1.5 hours and can be combined with light refreshments at the end, if so wished.

Taking a tour ensures that you won't miss anything: all the highlights and many interesting, hidden details are included. The Botanic Garden tours focus on the history and development of the garden, especially the restored Edwardian garden, the houses and landscape features of particular interest.

Throughout the tours, noteworthy plants are pointed out, together with information about their scientific and horticultural significance. Tours can be tailor-made to suit your group's particular interest if required.

What there is to see ...

The 16-acre Botanic Garden is one of the most diverse in the region, and includes:

  • arboretum
  • herb garden
  • woodland and herbaceous borders
  • rock gardens
  • water garden
  • par terre garden
  • glasshouses: alpine, desert, Mediterranean & tropical
  • special collections of hardy Fuchsia, Skimmia and Aubrieta


Guided tour: £4.60 per person (includes colour guide). There is a minimum charge of £46, but we can cater for any number.

Tea + cake available before 6.30pm at an additional £3.60 per person.

Revenue from the tours goes to support the Botanic Garden's education programme, which hosts upwards of 11,000 school children every year.


To book, please telephone 0116 271 2933 (answerphone) or email us at There is no limit to group size.

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

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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

Refreshment facilities

We regret that University Catering no longer provides a café in the Botanic Garden. However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar on our website.