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Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. It features several glasshouses, the most notable of which is the Kibble Palace. In 1817 about 8 acres (32,000 m2) of land were laid out at Sandyford, near Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and run by the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow (founded by Thomas Hopkirk of Dalbeth), and were intended to supply the University of Glasgow. William Hooker was regius professor of botany at Glasgow University, and contributed to the development of the Botanic Gardens before his appointment to the directorship of Kew Gardens in London. The Gardens moved to its current location in 1842. The gardens were originally used for concerts and other events, and in 1891 the gardens were incorporated into the Parks and Gardens of the City of Glasgow.
I attended the Botanical Gardens initially with my girlfriend after it has been on our list for some time! It is safe to say that it did not let us down! We particularly enjoyed the intimate nature of the plants with many leaves hanging over the pathways. The best part is that is is also free so is easily tagged onto a day in the West end. It was so good that I took my daughter there last weekend! Highly recommended
My grandchildren love this place and come here several times a week. There's just so much to see and do - from the various glasshouses containing different types of exotic plants (there's actually bananas on the banana tree) to the wonderful arboretum. The little ones love the play area with the swings and climbing frame. Mostly we just all like strolling around past the well tended shrubs and plants and along the river. In the summer, a great place for picnics. There's loads of benches to sit on all the way round. Being close to Byres Road, it's easy to pop out to a local cafe for a bite to eat. Just a great place for families - well, anyone really - no excuses. There's something for everyone.
A brilliant place where you can get lost for minutes or get lost for hours. Either way, it’s free to access and offers you a quick whistle stop walk or spend your time and really enjoy the variety of life on offer. Definitely worth your time if you’re in the area. Perfect escapism.
The botanic garden has several glasshouses and the garden has plenty of benches for people to rest on. There is a good variety of plants and trees and flower blossoms can be found in different seasons. My favourite time of the year to visit there would be summer and autumn. You will see lots of families with young kids, some playing with bubbles, a few flying kites... there is a public restroom and the slopes are okay for people with strollers or prams... the famous byres Road is 1 minute walk from the entrance and you will find many choices for dining too.
Free, beautiful and calming. We went in winter but will be returning in spring and summer to see the season changes. If you take some nuts you can hand feed some of the squirrels in the park. Would definitely recommend if you are at a loose end one day. Very accessible from the subway too.
Because these gardens are so near to my house I walk there almost every day. It is a haven of rest within a busy city, although the surrounding area and victorian buildings are also very pleasing to the eye. The gardens are not extensive but beautiful non the less. Entry to the Kibble Palace and Palm houses are free and well worth a visit. There are ample benches in the gardens for the visitor to choose a seat and picnic there.
This is my nearest green space in my dear, green place. Gorgeous but very busy on the one day a year when the sun shines and it's not raining! There's a children's garden and a small playground. Also leads to the Kelvin Walkway. Cafe and outside seating. Delicious sandwiches and cakes, but don't seem to have enough staff so the service is slow.
Lovely plade to stroll through spring in summer. Greenhouses are great all year round. If you are down that way worth a pop in and if you live.locally and never have why not go for a stroll this afternoon? I wouldn't make it centre stage to your plans if you only have a few days around Glasgow unless you've got.enough knowledge to know what you're looking at as although all plants and trees in the grounds are labelled with common and scientific names.there.arent a huge amount of descriptive signs explaining the importance of each plant or the purpose for growing it.
Wonderful. I've been to quite a few botanical gardens. This is not an "ornamental" garden but flows more naturally. When I went in May the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were in full bloom! My weather was perfect (thank you for that special present, Scotland). People were taking advantage of the amazing weather by laying out in the grassy areas. The green houses were informative and not overwhelming. The whole garden was like strolling through a well thought out park.
Not my cup of tea but I found it amusing in a kind of way. Tropical part the best, and hottest. Great place for outdoor relaxing on the grass. Bicycles welcome. WC. You must visit the tea garden when you come here. Very good. Own playground for children.
Fantastic for a walk over in Glasgow's West End. It's a very busy place on a sunny day however you shouldn't find it to hard to find a spot to sit and bask in the sunshine. Plenty to see in doors aswell with plants from around the world in the Victorian era greenhouses. There are catering vans on a sunny day however when the weather isn't so good there isn't anywhere to grab a bite to eat in the actual facility. The streets around the Gardens have plenty to offer however and there are public toilets.
Great relaxing spot in the busy west end of Glasgow. Recommend to go in during the winter to get in out of the rain and for a heat. During the summer the gardens can be very busy and inside very hot. Never the less, a must if you are in to plants/trees and like a small escape from the hustle and bustle.
You don’t come here for the plants they are the extras. This is a lovely lively well maintained and well used Central Park. On a sunny day it’s just about perfect. There are glasshouses to explore and some lovely sections like the children’s garden. A good mobile cafe near the front gate. There are event here plays light shows etc. No airs and graces a brilliant place to relax.
Beautiful gardens, always immaculate , the staff do a fantastic job maintaining a big area. It covers a big area with lovely walks both in the park & along by the river Kelvin. The country right on your doorstep. The Kibble palace which was refurbished is an incredible piece of engineering with a beautiful selection of plants & flowers. A lovely place to sit, let your mind relax. We are so privileged to have such a major landmark on our doorstep. A must see if a visitor to Glasgow that we should all be proud of.
Wonderful place to walk around and enjoy nature. Reasonably good toilet facilities. Good for picnics. There is a food stand available and it does take card payments, the latte was amazing but was a little expensive for the size of cup. There is also a tea room but you have to wait to be seated so not sure you can get to go cups. Great place for a morning or afternoon out.
One of Glasgows many beautiful parks. A great place to visit after shopping /eating /drinking in the West End. The park is larger than it looks with plenty to see. The Greenhouses are nice. The Kibble Palace is great for a look round or to let your kids have a mini jungle adventure. The park joins nicely onto the Kelvin walkway so you can discover more of the Green West End....
Beautiful grounds with lovely plants in both greenhouses, we are certainly lucky to have such a wonderful outdoor space in Glasgow. There is a small footpath that connects to the canal/river system if one is looking for a nice walking route. Only thing I would like them to improve, would be by opening a small gift shop or (hopefully) selling some of the plant varieties they grow for display. Anyhow, it is well worth to visit.
Great place for all ages to explore in the city. Kids loved going between all the greenhouses and through the grounds. Very easy to find. Parking is a little challenging on a busy day...must've just been an off day when we went but the cafe could do with better service or just having food in general, a few things weren't available on the menu that day. Overall a recommended place to visit.
An amazing place and the entrance is free! Two big and beautiful glass houses with a great variety of plants to explore and study. They close a bit early, even in the summer but the gardens stay open and they are a lovely green place with flowers and other green things to discover. Definitely a must on a nice and sunny day to enjoy this treasure at its best.
Must admit. Called as was raining and was insure what to do before flight home. REALLY enjoyed it. Fascinating and well done. Highly recommend a visit. Just wished had more time to look outside too....rain or not. Looking forward to a return trip to give it the time it deserves.