Our usual opening hours: the garden aims to be open every day from at least 10am to (usually) at least 6 pm (March to September) and to 3 pm (October to February), often longer depending on when volunteers are able to open and close the doors.
We like to keep it locked at night for security and privacy of neighbours, and also it gives the wildlife a rest.
Where is it?
We are the other side of the Hills Rd from Addenbrooke's and the biomedical campus. Nightingale Avenue is level with Red Cross Lane and leads to Queen Edith's Way.
- Car park/parking: there is a small car park for park users only (3-hour limit), and you can usually find a space. Saturday morning can be much busier because of the visiting junior footballers. We have requested a sign for disabled parking. There is only limited on-street parking and it can upset the neighbours, so please try to visit by foot, cycle or public transport.
- Cycling: we tend to bring our cycles into the garden but there are also railings around the playground. We are awaiting some new cycle racks by the gate. We have recently had an unlocked cycle stolen from within the garden so strongly advise you to lock your cycle anywhere in the park or garden.
- Playground: there is a very good playground next to the car park, with railings to keep dogs out. This will be enhanced during 2017 and 2018.
- Public transport: several buses stop on Queen Edith's Way, or it is a short walk from the Addenbrooke's bus station.
- Sports and leisure: there are two free turn-up-and-play tennis courts and a multi-use games area (for basketball or all-weather football); a trim trail (outdoor gym); outdoor table tennis table and a 0.5 mile peripheral path (walking and running). All free!
- Toilets: there are some very basic (free) public loos in the old pavilion across the park and a RADAR-key accessed disabled loo. They are unlocked at 9am and locked at 5pm (or 7pm in the Summer). In 2017/2018, we hope to get a new pavilion and so also new loos, but these will probably have a small charge (maybe 20p, like in Cherry Hinton).
- Food, drink, shops: there is a very good Coffee Shop at the park-end of Wulfstan Way, the new Queen Edith Pub is opposite (opens at 12 noon), which we like a lot, and a few shops. There are several cafes and shops on the Addenbrooke's site.
If you'd like a guided tour, contact us. Regular garden volunteers will be in the garden working (and eating biscuits) every Sunday and Monday from 2 to around 4pm (weather allowing) - with 'Gardeners tea at 3'.
Last updated: 17 June 2017