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Glasgow Botanic Gardens

  • 4.7

  • from 10395 Google reviews

Glasgow Botanic Garden
Glasgow Botanic Garden

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About the garden

Glasgow’s West End is known for its buzzing nightlife scene, fashionable boutiques and impressive Victorian architecture but beyond the cosmopolitan exterior, you’ll find a slower pace of life at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, whose grounds border the beautiful River Kelvin.

This oasis of calm consists of a spectacular array of plants from around the world, including cacti and succulents from the arid deserts of Africa and America. If tropical planting is more your thing, head for the balmy climes of the palm house. Don’t miss Kibble Palace where the architecture of the tree fern collection is as impressive as the elegant Victorian-era greenhouse it grows in.

For good weather days, there’s the heritage trail which winds its way through a mature arboretum and there’s a minibeast trail for little ones. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens blends the circling pathways and relaxed open lawns of a public park with the exotic planting of a botanical garden – so there’s something to see whether you’re just passing through or making a day of it.

Opening times

Grounds 7am - dusk (all year) Glasshouses Apr - Sept: 10am - 6pm Oct - Mar: 10am - 4.15pm Tearooms Apr - Sept: 10am - 6pm (summer) Oct - Mar: 10am - 4pm (winter)

Useful details

Garden area

50 Acres

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).



Glasgow City, G12 0UE

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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 10395 Google reviews

Mishmash 215

2 months ago


Amazing place full of wonder. If you want to have a treat in the morning, grab a coffee to go and take a stroll through the gardens here. I enjoyed wandering through a literal indoor jungle. It took me 90 minutes total, but if you walked briskly it would be 30 minutes.

Sarah Brightwell

2 months ago


Stunning buildings with a stunning history. We loved our visit here and it was a great thing to do on a chilly afternoon. A couple of the hot house rooms were closed, which was a shame, but didn't spoil the experience. Really good exhibition about the history of the buildings and the gardens. Will definitely be back.

don bremner

a month ago


Had not been here for a long long time but decided to take two grandchildren for a visit. We all enjoyed it immensely. The large greenhouses are really interesting. There is a lot of attractive open space and the children's play area is imaginative.


11 months ago


Great place that is very well kept and of course free! If you're in the area you must pop by as its a lovely quick thing to do on a nice day. The plants are beautiful and clearly well maintained

Stephen McConnell

4 months ago


Beautiful gardens ideal for a walk in most weathers. Don't live locally anymore so often forget it's there but nice parkland that's a pleasant change from my local park. Have been both in the summer and winter. Kibble Palace glasshouse has an impressive array of cacti and tropical plants. Definitely a good place to go to mindfully be in the moment and clear the head.

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01412 761614

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