Our gardens are one of the best kept secrets in Cambridge. Unlike many Cambridge colleges, Newnham’s gardens are normally open to the public for much of the year.

Please see the Visiting the Gardens page for the current status of our gardens.


The gardens are at the centre of Newnham College and the hearts of students, the Fellows and Staff who live and work here. Few imagine, when they are walking down Sidgwick Avenue or visiting the Sidgwick Site, that behind the Newnham College red brick buildings there are 17 acres of beautiful gardens. Take the virtual tour, or come and visit the gardens in person.

Newnham gardens are managed by the Gardens team and the Gardens Committee.

Regular updates from our gardens can be seen on Instagram.

Visiting the Gardens

Newnham’s gardens are now open for public visits again.

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The Newnham Naturalists

Welcome to our garden blog. Newham’s garden is one of our greatest treasures and it is home to many interesting species. We will bring you regular bulletins about what is…

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Tour of the Gardens

Take a descriptive and photographic tour around Newnham’s stunning gardens.

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History of the Gardens

The core buildings of Newnham College were the work of one architect, Basil Champneys, who worked with the College for over thirty five years from 1874 to 1910. Old Hall…

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