BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY, all individual researchers both professional and amateur are most welcome to use the collections in their investigations. Please contact Herbarium staff to arrange your visit.
Group tours (maximum 15 people) are available. Please contact Herbarium staff if you would like to arrange a visit for your group. Tours take one hour.
The Herbarium is at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR. Map There is no available car parking on site unless you have a disabled driver badge.
If you use a wheelchair access to the Herbarium is possible via a lift.
Cambridge railway station is about 15 minutes walk. Walking from the station head straight on along Station Road, turn right at Hills Road (A1307), turn left into Bateman Street, turn left at number 47 next to St. Mary’s Art College, and head for the black railings and gate. Contact Reception via the intercom and you will then be able to push the side pedestrian gate open. Turn left and follow the wall all the way along then diagonally right across the paving to the Sainsbury Laboratory entrance.
You will be asked to sign in at the Sainsbury Laboratory Reception upon arrival.
Refreshments are available at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden Cafe, attached to the Sainsbury Laboratory building.
To minimise the possibility of the introduction of insect pests, no dried plant material may be brought into the herbarium building without prior fumigation. Individuals wishing to bring in material for comparison should make arrangements for fumigating the material well in advance of the visit.
We have limited microscopy facilities.
Our specimens may at some time have been chemically treated to deter insect infestation. Specimens should therefore be handled with appropriate care. Gloves and masks are available on request.
Material such as pollen, leaves and wood must not be removed from herbarium specimens without prior written consent. Dissections or loose plant fragments should be put into packets attached to the sheets. Additional packets are available from staff members.
Visitors wishing to take photographs of specimens must obtain permission to do so. Images may be used for research but permission must be obtained to use them for publication, or in any other way.