Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Queen's Quarter
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  • Botanic • 9 min walk
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  • hillfieldjp
    Gloucester, United Kingdom228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely walk with plenty of interesting plants
    We spent about an hour walking round the botanic gardens. We went through the restored ravine but were disappointed that it was not possible to go through it on the ground level and only from above. This limited the experience. The palm house was lovely too and a few more plant labels would have been good as a botanic garden is designed to instruct as well as be there for pleasure. Well done to the City Council and for investing in keeping this Percival space looking so good over all. So many councils have given up with their public gardens and it was great to see so many people enjoying the gardens.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom7,603 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine - I can't believe they are free to visit!
    These gardens are a green oasis in the city. Located next to the University and a 20 minute walk from the city centre, or else easily accessible as a stop on the touristy Red Bus Tour (recommended and reviewed separately). Highlights are the Palm House, the Tropical Ravine and the rose garden. I took sooo many photos inside the 2 huge green houses, then we lucked out as the rose garden was still blooming in early July too. When we visited there was a ferris wheel and a drink stand selling frozen slushies, very tasty and it was lovely to sit on the grassy hill and relax for a while in the sunshine. Expect to spend upto 2 hours having a leisurely stroll around the gardens and exploring the 2 large greenhouses. Entrance is free.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,052 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great community resource
    What a spectacular natural wonder adjacent to the Queen's University Belfast, with the Ulster Museum out front. This has greenhouses for the Temperate Zone, and Tropical Zone, the Palm House Conservatory. The Ferris wheel, ice cream stand, kid friendly grass. Even a redwood tree. Our lodging was in the Queen's Quarter and we visited three different times.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Marianne H
    Oslo, Norway3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the rose garden!
    The park: Ok. The palm house: Good, but a little chaotic with many of the same plants. BUT the rose garden was fabulous! Didn't look so great from a distance, but when I started wandering around I found the most amazing, lovely roses of all shapes and colous. So wonderful!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Jane - BJ
    Newry, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Belfast gem worth visiting
    Spent Tuesday afternoon on a tour of Botanic gardens with an extremely knowledgeable guide called Aidan. He gave an overview of the history of Botanic Gardens before describing the origins and background of many of the plants in the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. There are some amazing plants in both areas and it was definitely worthwhile having such a well informed guide to provide information and answer any questions, The beds outside the Palm house were an array of colours, there is also a Ferris wheel on site so something for all the family to enjoy. I would recommend a visit to the Gardens and if you decide on having a tour ask for Aidan.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Leanne B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banana plants in bloom!
    Fantastic scenery. Went with my husband mainly so we could see the tropical plant house! We are on our honeymoon from Scotland and this has been one of our highlights. The banana banana plants were producing fruit and this was an amazing sight to see. The rare purple banana plant was flowering with purple bananas. This is a very rare occurrence so I'd definitely recommend you go as soon as possible if you're reading this, so you can witness the fruits. Unfortunately I cannot upload my photos of it from my camera as I don't have my laptop with me here in northern Ireland, like I say we are on our honeymoon from Scotland. I'm so glad we visited the botanical gardens in Belfast, well worth a visit! Cannot believe this experience was entirely free and so enjoyable. We followed up this beautiful experience with a visit to the adjacent Ulster museum...a MUST for any tourist visiting Belfast. The staff within the botanical gardens are very knowledgeable and we were very impressed by their welcome and friendliness. Thank you! Leanne and Andrew Brooks. 07.09.2023
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Bree L
    London, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place for plant enthusiasts!
    These were great! Much better than I was expecting in NI. It’s very immersive and you can get up close and personal and really see everything. The greenhouse itself adds to the scenery. Amazing to go at sunset! The light is amazing. would totally recommend :)
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Heathsr11
    128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you’re in the area
    This is situated next to Ulster Museum and is free to enter. It was a nice visit and worth doing if you’re in the area. The Belfast University next door is beautiful and worth taking a photo of.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
  • Colleen
    Belfast, United Kingdom336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great complement to the Ulster Museum — otherwise, don’t inconvenience yourself for a visit
    This is definitely a lovely place to check out if you’re in the area and/or going to the Ulster Museum as well. In fact, I highly recommend stopping by before or after a trip to the museum. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see the botanic gardens though — especially if your time in Belfast is limited and you need to pick and choose things to prioritize seeing.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 10, 2024
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Colleen
Belfast, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is definitely a lovely place to check out if you’re in the area and/or going to the Ulster Museum as well. In fact, I highly recommend stopping by before or after a trip to the museum.

I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see the botanic gardens though — especially if your time in Belfast is limited and you need to pick and choose things to prioritize seeing.
Written April 10, 2024
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK4,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We would have liked to spend a lot more time here, but very much enjoyed our quick visit. There is a very well preserved 19th century palm house. We also walked through the Tropical Ravine house. It was full of interest, free to enter and certainly warmed us up on a chilly November day in Belfast.
Written December 4, 2022
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Leanne B
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fantastic scenery. Went with my husband mainly so we could see the tropical plant house! We are on our honeymoon from Scotland and this has been one of our highlights. The banana banana plants were producing fruit and this was an amazing sight to see. The rare purple banana plant was flowering with purple bananas. This is a very rare occurrence so I'd definitely recommend you go as soon as possible if you're reading this, so you can witness the fruits. Unfortunately I cannot upload my photos of it from my camera as I don't have my laptop with me here in northern Ireland, like I say we are on our honeymoon from Scotland. I'm so glad we visited the botanical gardens in Belfast, well worth a visit! Cannot believe this experience was entirely free and so enjoyable. We followed up this beautiful experience with a visit to the adjacent Ulster museum...a MUST for any tourist visiting Belfast. The staff within the botanical gardens are very knowledgeable and we were very impressed by their welcome and friendliness. Thank you! Leanne and Andrew Brooks. 07.09.2023
Written September 7, 2023
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK7,603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
These gardens are a green oasis in the city. Located next to the University and a 20 minute walk from the city centre, or else easily accessible as a stop on the touristy Red Bus Tour (recommended and reviewed separately).

Highlights are the Palm House, the Tropical Ravine and the rose garden. I took sooo many photos inside the 2 huge green houses, then we lucked out as the rose garden was still blooming in early July too.

When we visited there was a ferris wheel and a drink stand selling frozen slushies, very tasty and it was lovely to sit on the grassy hill and relax for a while in the sunshine.

Expect to spend upto 2 hours having a leisurely stroll around the gardens and exploring the 2 large greenhouses. Entrance is free.
Written July 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jane - BJ
Newry, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Spent Tuesday afternoon on a tour of Botanic gardens with an extremely knowledgeable guide called Aidan. He gave an overview of the history of Botanic Gardens before describing the origins and background of many of the plants in the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. There are some amazing plants in both areas and it was definitely worthwhile having such a well informed guide to provide information and answer any questions, The beds outside the Palm house were an array of colours, there is also a Ferris wheel on site so something for all the family to enjoy.

I would recommend a visit to the Gardens and if you decide on having a tour ask for Aidan.
Written August 16, 2023
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Scenic511741
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The garden are lovely in the summer when all the flowers are in bloom. We visited in October when they were changing the flower beds. However it was interesting walking around the Palm House and other indoor tropical plants sections.
Written October 7, 2022
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Akkers1
London, UK1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We noticed the botanical gardens when we were going round on the hop on and off tour bus so decided to get off and have a look.
We were glad we did and easily forgot that we were in the city centre when we wandered round here. Everywhere was clean and litter free, the flower beds were well kept with spring flowers daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips etc. There was a very pretty camelia and lots of different types of trees. I should imagine that it is even prettier there in the summer months when the roses are out in bloom.
I would have liked to have gone in the palm house, but it was closed when we were there, but we did get to go in the tropical ravine which was quite interesting.
I would certainly go back there again if I visited the city.
Written April 20, 2022
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Ann B
Belfast, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We had previously enjoyed visiting Botanic Gardens and its Palm House and Tropical Ravine. However this time we learnt so much more about the history of the buildings and all the plants, when we attended the guided tour of the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. Thanks to our excellent volunteer tour guide Aidan, who was assisted by the
botanic gardens staff who care for the amazing plants.
Written April 4, 2023
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hillfieldjp
Gloucester, UK228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We spent about an hour walking round the botanic gardens. We went through the restored ravine but were disappointed that it was not possible to go through it on the ground level and only from above. This limited the experience. The palm house was lovely too and a few more plant labels would have been good as a botanic garden is designed to instruct as well as be there for pleasure. Well done to the City Council and for investing in keeping this Percival space looking so good over all. So many councils have given up with their public gardens and it was great to see so many people enjoying the gardens.
Written July 22, 2023
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Phil H
Brighton, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Belfast Botanic Gardens provides a beautiful green space in a nice part of the city. If you're a lover of (or just interested in) tropical plants and especially succulents, the Palm House is a must-see, but the rest of the gardens are lovely, too, very well-maintained and clean. The tropical ravine (covered in a separate review) is also here, as is the Ulster Museum, with the lovely buildings of Queens University just around the corner.
Written July 28, 2022
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