Visitor information

Botanic Garden and Attenborough Aboretum


Botanic Garden
University of Leicester
Glebe Road

Attenborough Arboretum
University of Leicester
Carisbrooke Road


There is on street parking available on Glebe Road for Garden visitors.

The Arboretum has a designated visitor car park on site accessed via College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3UF.

Opening times

The Botanic Garden and Arboretum are open throughout the year, seven days a week, 10.00 to 16.00 (17.00 in summer).

  • The Garden is closed on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January
  • The Arboretum is closed from 23rd December 2020 to 3rd January 2021 inclusive


Entry is free to the Garden and Arboretum except on special events days.


The paths are suitable for wheelchair users. Toilets, including those with disabled access, are available. For more details, see DisabledGo. Assistance dogs are permitted.

Greenhouses - Garden only

The alpine, desert, temperate and tropical greenhouses will be open daily (Mon - Sat) as follows:

  • Summer opening times: 10.00 - 15.30 (15.00 on Friday)
  • Winter opening times: 10.00 - 15.30 (15.00 on Friday); Saturday: 10.00 - 14.30
  • Christmas closure 2020/2021: closed from 24 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 inclusive


There are no refreshment facilities at the Garden or Arboretum. However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar.


We regret that only assistance dogs are permitted.

Scattering ashes

Owing to the high number of school parties and casual visitors who use all parts of the Garden and Arboretum, we do not allow the scattering of cremation ash in either location.