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The Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Category Nature & Wildlife
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 Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a 19 acre garden, originally designed by Robert Marnock in the Gardenesque style, which dates from 1833. The site contains the largest collection of listed buildings in a Sheffield garden and a number of other interesting features. The Gardens are also well known for the Grade II* listed curvilinear Glass Pavilions, some of the earliest ever built.

The Gardens have undergone a major restoration programme financed by an award of £5.06 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund Urban Parks Programme matched with a further 25% raised by the Gardens through fundraising and sponsorship. The restored Glass Pavilions were officially opened by HRH Prince Charles on 1 September 2003. The fully landscaped and replanted Gardens were formally re-opened by Michael Palin, the Sheffield-born actor and TV presenter, on 20 June 2008.

In the past the Gardens were considered the lungs of the city. However the appeal today is as a haven of peace and tranquility where people can escape the pressures of modern day living. Amongst the various botanical collections held within the Gardens, you will find the National Collections of Weigela, Diervilla and Sarcococca which act as gene pools for today and the future. The first two Collections were set up in 1984 by Parks Woodlands & Countryside of Sheffield City Council, who manage the Gardens. The Sarcococca Collection gained recognition by the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens in 2008. These N.C.C.P.G. collections are part of some 60 collections based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The Collections are expanding and are maintained by FOBS volunteers for the Curator. The target is to have all the species and a good representation of cultivars.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens are a great resource for both the enthusiast and the beginner. The Gardens host many events and tours, of interest for the novice and specialist alike. Everyone can find something of interest either in the Gardens or from attending the lectures and other activities. Entrance to the Gardens is free.

Opening hours:


8.00am - 4.00pm (Weekdays)
10.00am - 4.00pm (Weekends and Bank Holidays)

8.00am - dusk / 7.45pm (Weekdays)
10.00am - dusk / 7.45pm (Weekends and Bank Holidays)

Glass Pavilions:
11.00am - 3.30pm (All Week, Winter)
11.00am - 5.00pm All Week, Summer)

Information Point:
(located just inside the main entrance on Clarkehouse Road)
9.00am - 5.00pm Weekdays, All year

The Little Nature Shop:
10.00am - 4.00pm (All week, Winter)
10.00am - 4.30pm (Mon - Fri, Summer)
10.00am - 5.00pm (Sat - Sun, Summer)

Curator's House Tea Rooms:
8.30am - 5.30pm (Mon-Fri, All year)
10.00am - 5.30pm (Sat-Sun, All year)

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