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Brief description of site

The site has an irregular shape, with a semi-formal layout. There is a path on the central axis of the pavilions, terminating with a fountain constructed in 2004 to resemble Marnock's original design. The combined efforts of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust and the Friends of Botanical Gardens, Sheffield have raised £1.22 million in matched funding for restoration. Fund-raising continues for special projects, such as the Evolution Garden, which was created in 2008/9.

Brief history of site

The botanical gardens were laid out by Robert Marnock, its first curator, between 1834 and 1836. At the same time, the gatehouse, pavilions and south lodge were built by B.B. Taylor, the architect appointed by the first owners (The Sheffield Botanical and Horticultural Society). Since 1998, the site has been substantially restored.

Location information:

Address: Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN

Locality: South Yorkshire

Local Authorities:

South Yorkshire; Sheffield

Historical County: Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 111 Grid Ref: SK335863
Latitude: 53.3725 Longitude: -1.49795


The site is 1 mile south-west of Sheffield city centre, and has good public transport links. The gardens have no car park.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open throughout the year. Opening times vary. Please check the website for details.

Key information:

Form of site: botanic garden

Purpose of site: botanic garden

Context or principal building: horticultural

Site Style : gardenesque

Site first created: 1834 to 1836

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 7.7

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