Statue and flowerbeds in the botanical gardens

Situated close to the city centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and now cover 19 acres. The gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest.


Admission and opening times

It's free to visit the gardens.

  • Winter: 8am to 4pm weekdays, 10am to 4pm weekends and Bank Holidays. Closed Christmas Day
  • Summer: 8am to dusk or 7.45pm weekdays, 10am to dusk or 7.45pm weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Glass Pavilions: 11am to 3.30pm every day

Features and facilities

Parking

  • no parking inside the Gardens
  • limited on roads off Clarkehouse Road and near to the Thompson Road entrance

Disabled facilities

  • disabled parking spaces at the top of the Thompson Road entrance
  • toilets are provided within the gardens

Toilets

  • there are toilets in the gardens

Cafe

  • Curator's House Restaurants and Tearooms
  • 8.30am to 5.30pm (weekdays), 10am to 5.30pm (weekends). Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Glass Pavillions

  • open 11am to 3.30pm every day

The Dorothy Fox Education Centre

  • purpose built Education Centre available for hire for teaching, lectures and demonstrations
  • information and bookings call 0114 250 0500 or email parksandcountryside@sheffield.gov.uk

Getting to the park

The main entrance is on Clarkehouse Road near the Hallamshire Hospital. There are also entrances at Botanical Road and Thompson Road off Ecclesall Road.

Walking and cycling

The Botanical Gardens are 30 minutes walk or 10 minutes bike ride from the city centre. You are not allowed to cycle in the park.

Public transport

There are bus stops on Clarkehouse Road and Ecclesall Road, and it takes about 20 minutes by bus.

Glass Pavillions

The Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house a wonderful collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world and provide a wonderful backdrop for the sweeping lawns with their magnificent trees and central Broadwalk.

Several winding paths take the visitor on an exploration through over 18 different garden areas based on geographical or botanical themes.

Bear Pit

Much loved by children of all ages is a rare Grade II listed Bear Pit which can be found hidden between the recently renovated Mediterranean and Himalayan gardens.

Fossil Tree

A well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron (could be 312 million years old) is displayed in the Evolution garden.

From the traditional layout of the Victorian Rose garden to the Prairie style area designed by Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett there is plenty of interest for the visitor throughout the year.

Weddings

The Central Dome of the Pavilions in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is licensed for civil weddings and blessings. The West Lawn is available to hire for a marquee reception. A unique venue that is perfect for celebrating the whole of your special day.

Contact Parks and Countryside Service

Level 3, West Wing Moorfoot Building Sheffield

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