About the Botanic Gardens
Utrecht Botanic Gardens, for the public & science
At the very heart of the province of Utrecht there is a unique natural treasure consisting of thousands of plant species: the Botanic Gardens of Utrecht University. The Gardens are situated at Fort Hoofddijk in the city of Utrecht. Visitors are very welcome in this colourful and fascinating world, where they can discover nature at its best.
Plants from all over the world
The more than 6,000 plant species in the Botanic Gardens, that over a period of more than 350 years have been gathered for scientific research during expeditions or traded as seeds with other Botanic Gardens, come from all over the world. Some plants are very rare or have already become extinct in nature. We do our best to preserve these plants for the future.
Fort Hoofddijk is located at the Uithof university campus and comprises various gardens. The development of the Fort Hoofddijk gardens started in 1963 and in the following years new parts have been successfully added.
Activities & guided tours
The Botanic Gardens regularly organise special theme events such as the Orchid weekend, the Sow and Grow weekend and the Tropical Butterfly Festival. Guided tours for groups (including the possibility of coffee and/or lunch) are available on request.
Time for a rest after all the impressions?
Relax at our terrace and/or take a look at the excellent array of presents and gifts in the Garden shop.