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Glasgow Botanic Gardens

  • 4.7

  • from 11103 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 11103 Google reviews

Jonathan Currie

4 months ago


The Botanic gardens is a great place to come and relax for a few hours. Only 7 minutes walk from Hillhead underground and you come to a well maintained park with multiple footpaths winding there way through the multitude of plants, lawns and trees. The star of this part is definitely the two large greenhouses housing plants, ferns, palms, trees etc. from across the world. Great opportunity to learn more about plants from each of the continents. The park has both toilets and a nice little place to grab a coffee, some cake or a sandwich. Would highly recommend this as a place to visit.

Lizzie Worrall

6 months ago


Used the clockwork orange train and had a 5 minute walk to the gardens. It's free and well worth a visit. The glass houses are spacious but wouldn't be suitable for wide pushchairs prams or mobility scooters due to the space between the plant exhibits. The formal gardens are well signposted and there are cafe facilities too

Diane Harris

4 months ago


Gorgeous and very interesting. Lots of info provided. Benches and tables in the grounds.Too much for us to do in one day, but luckily we have been before and managed to do the other greenhouses. Thoroughly recommended.

Peter R. Reuter

5 months ago


Very nice small botanical garden in west Glasgow. Some houses were unfortunately closed due to maintenance, but the big one was open and very beautiful 😍 also the park is well designed and it was a pleasure to walk through it. Also a small café is there which we didn’t try, but it looked amazing

Abid Patel

3 months ago


A beautiful garden full of stunning greenery. The glasshouse is full of wonderful plants and flowers. The surrounding gardens home decorative flower beds and vegetables patches also. Definitely worth a visit or even just a relaxing stroll.

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01412 761614

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