Disability Resource Centre (DRC)

Botanic Garden

1 Brookside,
Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Access Issues

Ms Brigid Stacey
01223 336 265
01223 336 278

General Information

40 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and Glasshouses, with over 8,000 labelled plant species. There is good access to almost all areas of this historic Garden, and a pleasant accessible café, picnic area and shop. Admission is free for Cambridge University students and Friends of the Garden on production of valid cards, under 16, and companions of disabled visitors. Adult admission is £4 or £3.50 for over 60s and students with recognized ID.

Opening hours

Closing times vary throughout the year. Open 10am–6pm April to September, 10am–5pm February, March and October, and 10am–4pm November to January. Closed over Christmas and New Year.


A mile south of the city centre, off Trumpington Street. The new Brookside Gate provides a highly-visible and accessible new entrance at the corner of Bateman Street and Trumpington Road. During the construction of the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Station Road Gate is temporarily located behind the War Memorial at the junction of Hills Road and Station Road. Both entrances are now open every day.


No public car park. Parking in the area is difficult, and it is advisable to take a taxi or the Trumpington Park and Ride which drops off right at the Brookside Gate.

Physical Access


Level entrance at both Brookside Gate and Station Road Gate. There is a low-level counter at Brookside Gate and an induction loop. With pre-booking on 01223 336265, electric and manual wheelchairs can be collected from the Brookside Gate for use around the Garden.

Number of floors

All areas are level or sloping, and there are no raised sections. The Glasshouses and Botanic Garden Shop at Brookside are all on ground level. There is ramped access to the café.

Lifts and stairs

All areas are accessible without steps or stairs.


There are disabled toilets at the Glasshouses, at the Café and at Brookside Gate.

General access

  • Path surfaces are mostly gravel, and there are large stretches of lawn. There are regular sloped paving ramps that allow access from the paths to the lawn areas. There are several benches at regular intervals around the garden, and seats with armrests in the picnic area.
  • The Glasshouses have been largely re-landscaped in recent years and many houses are now much improved for wheelchair users, with more generous corners and turning circles introduced into both the Mountains display in the Alpine House and in the Life Before Flowers display. The Glasshouse Range has also been fitted with automatically-opening doors at the entrance and exit.
  • Electric and manual wheelchairs are available to borrow from the Brookside Gate if booked in advance on 01223 336265.
  • The café is spacious, and has moveable furniture.

Visual Impairments

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome, but no other dogs are allowed. Large print information is available on prior request, but please give plenty of notice.

Directional signage at key junctions throughout the Garden is on posts with large white font against a green background. The low-level heritage path name signage is white-on-black. Plant labels are standard, small, white-on-black low-level signs.

Hearing Impairments

The Brookside Gate has an induction loop.

The garden is quiet and peaceful, but it can get noisy in the café and shop when busy — particularly during school holidays.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Botanic Gardens. The DRC updates information as it is recevied. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Botanic Gardens.