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The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are located in the city centre with a large free parking area. It was founded in 1863 when an English Oak Tree was planted to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
Admission: Free and it opens 7 days a week from 7am to 6.30pm - it has one and a half million recorded visits each year and is the most visited public facility.
Celebrate Autumn in Christchurch with a visit to our wonderful Botanic Gardens. Autumn is the perfect time to see the park change colour - have a coffee and a tasty snack in the visitors centre in the sun, or just relax on one of the many lawns.
You can pick up a Botanic Gardens map which highlights special places in and around the gardens from the i site centre which is next to the museum which will show you lots of places of interest in the gardens.
If you wish to have a guided tour a Caterpillar solar powered electric vehicle goes around the garden frequently and the narrated tour shows you all the different parts of the gardens. It leaves from outside the museum.
My favourite Spots:
The Central Rose garden - spectacular display in summer
Towensend House - beautiful hanging baskets all year round and if you walk thru the doors at the end it has a great cactus and orchid display.
Sitting under one of the beautiful 100 year old trees with an icecream looking out over the beautiful lawns.
Sitting around the colourful Peacock Fountain ( which is adjacent to the Museum ) planning our next walk. This is on Armstrong Lawn - its of Edwardian design and very beautiful.
Walking around the extensive collection of art works on display.
Watching the children play in the falling leaves or in the large childrens play area.
Where to stay in Christchurch - close to visit the Botanic Gardens:
Only 15 minutes from the Botanic Gardens and city centre is our - A Luxury Homestay Christchurch we have lots of brochures on the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch with tour options for the gardens. We are on the main bus route to the city centre. Kay and Kevin have 15 years experience in hosting tourists into our lovely home.
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