The Most Beautiful Gardens in Cambridge

Wimpole Hall is a country house in Cambridgeshire
Wimpole Hall is a country house in Cambridgeshire | © Nicola Ferrari / Alamy Stock Photo
Cambridge is a famously green city – with its many parks and college greens, as well as surrounding countryside. For those with a horticultural bent, there are numerous gardens to explore – in the city and beyond. We pick the best for you to take a stroll in.

The Fellows’ Garden, Clare College

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Tourists enjoy the Fellows Garden, Clare College, Cambridge on a fine spring morning. Image shot 04/2008. Exact date unknown.
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A day spent exploring the colleges wouldn’t be the same without a stop off at the Fellows’ Garden. One of the largest of all the college greens, it was largely neglected in the run-up to World War II, but has since been transformed into one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Fellows’ Garden is just 10 minutes on foot from the city centre.

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Alexandra Gardens

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Located right on the edge of Jesus Green, Alexandra Gardens is a well-maintained space with a perimeter of ancient trees and a pavilion that provides a perfect shaded spot to sit and read, or just take in the view. It also has a playground if you have a child or two in tow. Alexandra Gardens is on Carlyle Road, less than 15 minutes on foot from the city centre.

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Christ’s Pieces Flower Garden

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Spring flowers in Christ's Pieces, Cambridge, England.
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Christ’s Pieces, near Drummer Street bus station and Grafton Centre shopping mall, is a lovely park to walk in but also contains a flower garden that is an attraction in itself. There’s a bowling green and tennis courts nearby, making it an ideal destination for a summer’s day.

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden in early Autumn AND HER GIRL WALKS OVER SKIPPING STONES BY A POND.
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No list would be complete without a mention of the city’s most famous garden. Just a few minutes’ walk from the railway station, Botanic Garden, a centrepiece of Cambridge’s park life for more than a century, is home to over 8,000 plant species, many of them rare and exotic. It also features the famous Scented Garden, filled with scents of flowers from all over the world.

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Anglesey Abbey

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For those willing to travel a bit further, Anglesey Abbey, in Lode, is the place for you. The garden, about 30 minutes east of Cambridge by car, is the result of nearly a century of development, started by the Abbey’s original owner, Lord Fairbanks. A dahlia garden, snowdrop collection and statuary are just a few of the many features you can explore here for a very pleasant afternoon out.

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Wimpole Hall Garden

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Wimpole Hall, a country house located in Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, England owned by the National Trust
Wimpole Hall is a country house in Cambridgeshire | © Nicola Ferrari / Alamy Stock Photo

Twenty minutes’ drive south from the city, in Wimpole, lie the grounds of Wimpole Hall, a National Trust property complete with a working farm. The farm and house offer a great day out for the family, but the gardens are well worth your time, too. Expertly landscaped, they stretch out past the manor – with topiary and flowerbeds and three neighbouring lakes to enjoy.

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These recommendations were updated on July 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.