Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This unique glasshouse located in the Botanic Gardens is a familiar landmark in Glasgow.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • shanil178
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice park
    I was there at the end of May. A rare day of sunshine..and the place was packed with people enjoying the sun. Kids running around. People sunbathing. Lovely place. I sat there, read a book, n enjoyed myself.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • 516rachela
    Glasgow, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Multiple visits recommended!
    I've been to the botanic gardens a few times now and it's one of my favourite spots in Glasgow. You can wander outside, you can wander inside, there are lots of benches to sit on and paths to explore and meander along. Great for chilling. Toilets are available. When I was there in June the accessible toilet was out of order and the ladies was quite awkward to get in and out of with a slight queue in the doorway.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Dave C
    Illinois1,672 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend much of a day
    Free place that can take between 2 hours and 6 hours depending on your taste. Has 2 large buildings with multiple rooms each with plants from all over the world running the gamut from rainforests to cactuses and even a Scooby Doo plant! The grounds contain indigenous bushes, various trees, a rose garden, an open green area, a kid's playground, and a food stand. You can also walk to the river,
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Leslie W
    166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge, beautiful, and free!
    My favorite part of the garden is the long row of connected glass houses. Each one has a different focus. Just pick right or left and stay that way all the way to the end and then back to see everything. There are lots of amazing specialty gardens outside, too: roses, medicinal plants, vegetables, etc. And there's an arboretum, which I failed to find but I know it's there somewhere. There's a children's play area, and food. There's a big, sloped lawn outside the glass houses which is just lovely for a picnic, a nap, or rolling down the hill. There are lots of walkways all over through every area. it's a lovely place. Note, the bus from Glasgow tells you where to get off, but that stop is actually past the main entrance. if you can figure out how to get off one stop earlier than that, do it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stroll through flowers
    The botanic gardens are lovely in Glasgow and you can go in a big greenhouse with cool plants, but my highlight were the small connected greenhouses, where you really walk next to beautiful flowers. Outside there are also some flowers to observe. It will take you around an hour to see everything.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Nick Cutter
    Forest of Dean, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful just beautiful!
    What a good day out! Really really pretty location, have lovely photos. Feel like you’re in a different world, in some kind of serene oasis almost. The place is all looked after very nicely and it’s free to get in. I think the volunteer group who look after it all have done a great job. Thumbs up all around!! Worth a visit to anyone thinking of going. 👍👍👍
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Alexandra B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and peaceful
    Visiting the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow during the summer was an absolute delight! The gardens were bursting with vibrant colors, lush foliage, and the sweet scent of blooming flowers. It was a serene oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for leisurely strolls and picnics with loved ones. From the exotic plants in the glasshouses to the peaceful ponds and meandering pathways, every corner of the gardens offered a new discovery and a moment of tranquility. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful escape, the Botanic Gardens is a must-visit destination in Glasgow during the summer months.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2024
  • Michelle S
    Glasgow, United Kingdom37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful in Botanic Garden
    The Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a verdant oasis in the heart of the city, offering a tranquil retreat for nature lovers and urban explorers alike. Spread across 27 acres, it boasts a diverse collection of plants from around the globe, meticulously curated into themed gardens and glasshouses. Visitors can wander through lush greenery, aromatic herb gardens, and vibrant flower displays, while also exploring exotic species housed in the Kibble Palace Victorian glasshouse. With its scenic paths, serene ponds, and educational exhibits, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a beloved destination for leisurely strolls, educational excursions, and moments of peaceful reflection amidst nature's splendor.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 19, 2024
  • Matthew E
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Botanic Gardens Glasgow
    The stunning Botanic Gardens is a delightful walk with many other facilities that makes it more inviting than your average walk trail, for example it has a children's park which makes it perfect for parents as this can keep the children entertained. The gardens also offers different sections like a vegetable garden and a rose garden which can be particularly interesting. And finally the building inside botanic gardens offers a variety of different plants to view and its own fish tank. These things all together make this walk special and also why personally i had a very positive experience while visiting.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 1, 2024
  • CM157751
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed.
    This was one of the best things we did in Glasgow. The gardens are so varied and well labeled. The room of carnivorous plants really stood out as the largest and best displayed example I've ever encountered. The orchids are beautiful, as well as the statuary. The gardens outside were just as spectacular.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 9, 2024
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Ryan K
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Worst waste of money ever spent , £80 for a family of 5 to walk around a park with some lights totally over priced. Food stalls where terrible £6 for a hot chocolate and £8.5 for a slice of pizza. We are in a cost of living crisis with many families like mine that can now only afford one outing per month. Don't waste your money there is so many better things for families to do this walk around a park with thousands of people disappointed.
Written October 28, 2022
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OookySpooky
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Around £15 a ticket to have to park several streets down, get an uber to the botanical gardens, queue in the cold with people who don't care about social distancing, then shuffle around some ok looking lights towards an expensive food village and then basically you are done, ok for very small children and families but as an adult looking for something cute to do, don't bother, I felt out of place there as a couple and we got out as quickly as we could really. Either way you look at it, it's unfortunately a rip off, I can imagine it's very expensive for families too! However the alien space ship light show was kind of cool. Not for £30 plus uber's and petrol though. Better off going for a walk in the park, in the dark. 👎
Written November 9, 2020
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billielovesveg
Falmouth, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A calm and beautiful oasis in the centre of Glasgow. We visited early in the morning when the glasshouses had just opened... The morning winter sun shining through the steamy windows was beautiful. There are a wide range of different plants to view and a lot of information available to read about them. Considering it is free to visit I don’t see why you wouldn’t go! We spoke to a gardener briefly who was watering the plants and he was very friendly too.
Written February 28, 2020
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Harri
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Lovely gardens with a variety of plants. The greenhouses are definitely worth going to as they are simply stunning. The main one has many statues in it as well as the succulents, ferns and venomous plants. It is really well laid out with gorgeous displays. The other greenhouses are wonderful to one containing a banana tree and a cola tree. Unfortunately some walkways are blocked off due to covid although there is still lots open. The rose garden is bare this time of year however so if you wanted to see the roses I'd suggest going earlier in the season. Overall the place has a relaxing atmosphere and is great for a walk. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Glasgow.
Written August 25, 2021
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Alison M
Rainham, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The last time I visited the Botanic Gardens was more than 20 years ago when I went there with my brand new husband to have our wedding photographs taken, so our recent visit had a lot to live up to. It did. :0)

It is a beautiful open space with lots of interesting planting.
It's a lovely natural place to explore.
The park is full of benches for a place to sit, relax, watch the world and get chatting to a stranger (an obligatory pastime in friendly Glasgow).

Well worth a visit.
Written June 11, 2021
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123AnnJ
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Lovely gardens, well kept and always a pleasure to visit. However, as the toilets appear to be permanently shut, and there are no hand washing facilities which is so important to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. It makes so sense for these facilities to be closed as they could be easily set up and managed even if the public has to pay a small charge to use toilet facilities. Although quite frankly we pay enough taxes to accommodate this.
Written August 14, 2020
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Neilhaydn W
Leeds, UK48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We visited the gardens in the morning but found car parking difficult. we ended up parking a mile away on the main road which will soon be chargeable. Yes we visited early march but there was not much colour. Unfortunately the 2 glass houses did not open until 12:00 and half the gardens were cut off as there was a film crew. I personally found the gardens no better than our parks in Leeds.
Written March 29, 2022
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PeterY5
Glasgow, UK82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There is certainly plenty of varied plant life, many of which you are unlikely to see in the average garden. It is certainly worth a visit but it is not the sort of place that your average person is likely to spend more than 30 minutes looking around the indoor greenhouses. It would probably be best to combine a visit here with some other activity, with the popular Byres Road being only a couple of minutes away.
Written January 19, 2020
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James H
Willesborough, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Thoroughly lovely little scenic & quiet hideaway spot. Plenty of open space for the kiddies to run round & seating for adults to relax.

Only special note I would add is the tea room located in the grounds. What they sell is certainly very nice but by no means worthy of the London price tags affixed to them.
Far better suggestion is when you require refreshments is to venture just outside the grounds & partake of a much larger & more sensibly priced selection of outlets.

Would none the less be more than happy to visit again
Written July 27, 2021
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happybunny5
62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Glasglow 2022 - is an absolute waste of money.

(The park when Glasglow is NOT on is definitely worth a visit though)

This was our fourth and final visit to Glasglow! I've never been so disappointed :(

Overpriced for what was on offer this year. They've drastically reduced the attraction compared to The Video Game year and Glasglopolis last year. We actually thought we'd missed bits but nope, we hadn't.
There's a few things to walk through and a few dinosaurs at the end. The churros was the highlight and worth the additional £6.50 each. The cold "hot" chocolate was not.

Couldn't get into park on time as the queue was huge and we had to join it regardless of ticket time even though it stated not to arrive more than 15 mins early.

This year is really a poor show!

3 adults and a teenager all felt the same way and it's something we all usually love going to.

What happened this year itison?
Written November 7, 2022
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