Scotsdales Great Shelford

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Our beautiful garden centre at Great Shelford is where the Scotsdales story began, and it’s now one of the biggest garden centres in the UK.

True to our roots as a nursery, Scotsdales at Great Shelford offers an amazing selection of indoor and outdoor plants to keep you inspired through every season of the year. But there’s so much more for everyone to explore – from fashionable homewares to cuddly toys, as well as our tempting food hall.

Lots of families make a special visit to our branch of Maidenhead Aquatics, just to marvel at the huge range of colourful tropical fish. And don’t forget our original Sunflower Café, which serves a choice of delicious meals throughout the day.

Whatever the weather or the time of year, Scotsdales at Great Shelford really is your perfect home from home.

Accessibility: The Garden Centre has twenty-two designated disabled parking spaces and nine designated parent and child spaces. We also have up to seven wheelchairs and three mobility scooters available if necessary. All areas of the store (including the Sunflower Cafe) are accessible for wheelchairs and buggies; with automatic doors at both the main entrance and exit to the store. 

We also offer three baby changing areas in our toilet facilities and a designated disabled toilet facility.  

Dog Policy: Dogs are allowed in the store year round, but must be kept on a lead at all times. However, only guide dogs are permitted in the Sunflower Café. To read our full instore dog policy online, please click here: Dog Policy at Great Shelford 

Animal Welfare Licence: We are fully licenced by the South Cambridgeshire District Council to sell small animal as pets from our Great Shelford store, to view a copy of our animal welfare licence, please click here: Animal Welfare Licence Certificate

Scotsdales Electrical Take Back Scheme: Scotsdales is also a member of the distributor take back scheme for electrical appliances (specific conditions apply). To learn more about how Scotsdales can assist, please click here: Scotsdales Electrical Take Back Scheme

Scotsdales Collection and Safe Storage of Domestic Batteries: Scotsdales is also willing to assist anyone in need of a safe place to dispose of old unnecessary domestic batteries. To learn more about how Scotsdales can assist, please click here: Scotsdales Collection and Safe Storage of Batteries

Sunday Opening Times:  The store opens at 10am for browsing only. The check outs do not open until 10:30am.  The Sunflower Café is open at 10am for breakfast service. 

Please feel free to contact us on: 01223 842777, if you require further information prior to visiting. 

Our address: Scotsdales Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JT, United Kingdom

Scotsdales Great Shelford
Monday - Saturday
09:00 am - 18:00 pm
09:00 am - 20:00 pm
10:00 am - 16:30 pm
Bank Holidays
09:00 am - 18:00 pm
*The store opens at 10am for browsing only. The check outs do not open until 10:30am.

Find us

From M11
Leave the M11 at Junction 11 (signed Cambridge A1309, Trumpington Park & Ride). Join the A1309 towards Cambridge. Leave the A1309 at the Waitrose Junction, on the right hand lane heading towards the Shelfords A1301. Stay on the A1301 for approximately 1 mile, Scotsdales Garden Centre is on the left hand side.
From A505 (Duxford)
Leave the A505 from the McDonalds Roundabout (first major roundabout past the M11 if heading from the South, and first major roundabout after leaving the A11 if heading from the East) on to the A1301 heading North, signposted for Shelfords and Cambridge. Follow the A1301 through Great Shelford for approximately 4.5 miles and Scotsdales will be on your right, the 6th turning right after the railroad bridge.
From Cambridge City Centre
Head south out of the City Centre, turning right at the traffic junction, next to the Catholic Church, on to Lensfield Road. Follow Lensfield road along until you reach a junction, take the turning left on to the A1134 (Trumpington Road) and head South. Follow Trumpington Road south approximately 2 miles into Trumpington proper. When you reach a traffic junction signposting South for the M11, take the turning left on to the A1301, signposted for the Shelfords. Follow the A1301 for approximately 1 mile, Scotsdales Garden Centre is on the left hand side.
SatNav Travelling
To find Scotsdales with your SatNav, simply enter the postcode CB22 5JT and the house number as 120.
By Bus
The Citi 7 (all routes) pass by Scotsdales from the City Centre. A timetable for the Citi 7 Bus can be downloaded from

Concessions at Scotsdales Great Shelford

HotSpring World

Investing in a hot tub will give you years of pleasure and relaxation – and you’ll be investing in your health and wellbeing too!

HotSpring World aims to make buying a fine hot tub as much of a pleasure as owning one. The showroom at Scotsdales Great Shelford has a wide selection of quality hot tubs for sale, as well as a private mood room where you can try a hot tub for yourself with complete privacy and relaxation.

Over 35 years, HotSpring spas have become the world's number one hot tub choice, with more than 850,000 happy hot tub owners. On September 20th 2011, HotSpring World’s parent company Watkins, based in Vista, California, produced its millionth hot tub.

HotSpring Spas has led the industry in the design, engineering, and manufacture of energy-efficient hot tubs, and this dedication to quality has won numerous awards. Every HotSpring spa is built with the Energy Smart® system, which combines a number of energy-efficient features to provide you with extremely low operating costs. So you can feel confident that your HotSpring spa will provide you with the very best value over time.

HotSpring World’s factory trained sales consultants and service personnel deliver the utmost in customer satisfaction. They understand that many people are buying a hot tub for the first time, so they’ll always do their utmost to make the entire process informative and fun.

Telephone: 01223 651650 Click here to visit HotSpring World’s website
The Conservatory Centre

The Conservatory Centre builds high-quality conservatories and orangeries, with a professional team that offers you the most comprehensive home-improvement design and building service available.

All conservatories and sunrooms are individually designed and tailor-made to blend perfectly with your home, whether it’s period or modern in style, with exceptional levels of craftsmanship.

Every aspect of planning, listed building consent and building regulations can be undertaken, including the preparation of drawings, site meetings and any planning coordination with local authorities, as well as foundations and brickwork.

The Conservatory Centre has an impressive show area at Scotsdales Great Shelford.

Telephone: 01223 846700 Click here to visit the Conservatory Centre’s website
The Mower People

Scotsdales has linked up with the Mower People, a locally-based business, to provide specialist professional help when you’re looking for lawn mowers and other mowing equipment.
The Mower People have a large showroom at Great Shelford with leading brands including Bosch, Atco, Hayter, Stihl, Snapper and Flymo.

They’re a main service centre for Briggs & Stratton and Tecumseh engines, with a wide range of spare parts always in stock, and they’re also very happy to service most other kinds of lawnmowers, chainsaws, trimmers and brush cutters.

Telephone: 01223 841557
Anglian Conservatories

Anglian’s bespoke uPVC conservatory designs are manufactured to offer both space and value, and their design consultants can produce an almost limitless range of conservatories for you to create a uniquely perfect addition to your home.

Blending traditional designs with the most advanced uPVC conservatory construction and manufacturing techniques, Anglian conservatories are designed to be low-maintenance and ideal for you and your family to enjoy all year round. They’re guaranteed for 10 years, so you’ll feel secure in the knowledge that your conservatory is built to last.

Scotsdales Great Shelford has a wide range of Anglian conservatories for you to view and experience for yourself.

Telephone: 01223 847019 Click here to visit Anglian Windows’ website
Maidenhead Aquatics

As one of the UK’s leading pond and aquarium specialists, Maidenhead Aquatics has a range of tropical and marine fish and supplies that’s guaranteed to impress anyone.

In their fish shop at Scotsdales Great Shelford, you’ll find a huge variety of tropical species, including many from the African Rift Valley, as well as coral and invertebrates.
Maidenhead Aquatics also specialises in outdoor water features, showcasing a wide selection of koi and pond fish as well as specialist equipment for larger stocked ponds.

Their friendly, professional staff are always on hand to help – from marine fish to coral, whatever you need for your pond or aquarium, Maidenhead Aquatics can find it for you without delay.

Telephone: 01223 843400 Click here to visit Maidenhead Aquatics’ website.

Greens of Mepal are another local Cambridgeshire family-run business, and Scotsdales are delighted to display a range of their products at Great Shelford and Horningsea.

From summerhouses and garden offices to workshops and dog kennels, Greens have been making garden buildings for more than 50 years. They can also offer made-to-measure playhouses, potting sheds and other buildings.

Click here to visit Greens’ website

Contact Us

  • Garden Care
    Keep your garden vibrant and colourful using our range of garden tools, watering equipment, lawn care and pest control products.
  • Outdoor Plants
    Our range of outdoor plants includes, but is not limited to: trees and shrubs, fruit plants, ferns, plants from bulbs, heathers, roses, and many more.
  • Compost Store
    We offer a wide range of items across our three stores including brands such as: Jack's Magic, Gro-Sure and other great items from Westland.
  • Pots & Containers
    Whether you're looking for a small ceramic pot for your favourite house plant, or a large wooden planter to help kick start your new vegetable garden, Scotsdales has the answer. We're passionate about plants and the plant life we sell.
  • Solar Lighting for your Garden
    Scotsdales offers a wide variety from multi-colour, multi-pack sets to individual spike lights. We also offer an array of non-traditional lighting options such as solar powered garden ornament and windchimes.
  • Wild birds and other wildlife
    We stock items from top wildlife and wild bird brands such as: Gardman, Tom Chambers, Westland, Smart Garden, Greenkey, and more.
  • Garden Furniture and BBQs
    Our selection of furniture items includes, bistro sets, four to eight seater dining sets, benches, tables, chairs, recliners, swing furniture, lounge and sofa sets and parasols to help keep you shaded in hot sun.
  • Gifts and greeting cards
    We have a wide range of gifts and greeting cards, childrens toys, jewellery, candles, picture frames, tea pots, cushions and many other great gifts items.
  • Foodhall
    We have an extensive foodhall at our Great Shelford store. Come along to find a selection of jams and marmalade, gin, ale, crisps, and more.
  • Houseplants
    Our range of houseplants includes, but is not limited to: orchids, bonsai plants, flytraps, air purifying plants, sanservieria, cacti, ficus, lucky bamboo, and many more.
  • Pet Shop
    Our range includes, but is not limited to products for cats, dogs, birds, mice, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, rabbits and many more. Our stock changes regularly, but we cater for all needs and occasions.
  • Fencing and landscaping materials
    Scotsdales offers a wide range of products such as paving stones, fencing, log rolls, trellis's and much more.
  • Clothing
    Scotsdales clothing department features items suitable for both men and women of all ages.
  • Autumn Bulbs
    our Autumn bulb collection on Thursday 1st August at our Great Shelford store. This will be located in Greenhouse 3.

The Sunflower Café Great Shelford

As part of your relaxing day out at Great Shelford, don’t forget to drop in at our Sunflower Café, which serves every kind of treat from full English breakfasts to freshly-brewed coffee and tempting brunches and lunches, as well as special afternoon teas.

If you’re feeling healthy, there’s plenty of salad and fruit, and our menu includes lots of locally-sourced ingredients, as well as gluten-free options. Or, for more indulgent moments, all our desserts and cakes are made by Sarah, our amazing in-house chef. Why not drop in and try our home-baked scones, with new flavours freshly baked every day?

If you’ve never visited us before, then please review the options we can provide below for an idea fo the great offerings that we cater for. Alternatively, contact us on: 01223 842777 if you would like any further information about the café or the dishes we serve.

Café Opening Times

The Sunflower Café opens for breakfast service at 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

The Sunflower Café closes at 5pm Monday to Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Please attend early to avoid disappointment.

Our opening hours may alter for bank holidays, please refer to our main store opening hours for full details about any changes.

Click here for Great Shelford store details.

Customer Reviews

We take our customer reviews very seriously and try our best to provide everyone with the best possible experience whilst visiting our Café.

Don’t just take our word for it, see our Trip Advisor reviews page for an honest opinion.

Click here to see our customer reviews on Trip Advisor.

Click here to contact us directly to provide your feedback.

Further Information about our Sunflower Café

We have a range of exciting menus including breakfast, lunch, and child friendly. We also offer a range of afternoon teas, as well as special events.

For full details on all of the above, please visit our designated Great Shelford Café page. 

Click here for further information regarding the Great Shelford Sunflower Café. 

Scotsdales Great Shelford
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
09:00:00 - 17:00:00
10:00:00 - 16:00:00
*Breakfast & Drinks available from 10.00am