Real Jardín Botánico
Real Jardín Botánico
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Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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  • Atocha • 5 min walk
  • Antón Martín • 8 min walk
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  • kjf_x
    Carnoustie, United Kingdom1,436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Botanics
    Great botanics area in Madrid. Large area to explore from Cactus to Bonsai. Small cafe also on site and eating area outside. Unfortunately you cannot sit outside if you just wish a drink which was disappointing in the nice weather.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Travelaround59
    London, United Kingdom1,868 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    We loved our slow wonder around the Botanical Gardens. We met old “friends” and began acquainted with new ones. Pity that we missed the roses and the peonies and the irises flowering and we were early for the agapanthus nonetheless we did have a wonderful time…this should be done everyday at the end of sightseeing just to get out of the bustle of the city!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Gina and Andy A
    9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for a spring visit
    This garden should be visited in the spring. We visited in a hot June day and not much was in bloom. The Bonsai exhibit is exceptional and the cafe was nice and cool. It is conveniently located right next to the Prada and the admission is reasonable.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington565 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special garden.
    This is a tough one to evaluate. So much of this depends on the time of the year. We needed some downtime after being amongst the masses of the Prado and 4 euros was a relatively small price to pay for some piece a quiet. Given that we visited in November, very little was in bloom. The water features were also turned off. Therefore your experience will be related to when you are visiting and when the plants will be in full bloom. But nonetheless we likes just walking around relaxing before we headed to the next museum. This is no Versailles by a long shot but a heck of a better than my backyard. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • TheMemorialGround
    Bristol, United Kingdom239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Elusive Gardens of Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid
    Having danced around our Madrid wishlist for what seemed like an eternity, the Real Jardín Botánico stood as a verdant beacon of horticultural hope on our latest escapade to Spain's vibrant capital. Its siren call of botanical beauty and serene landscapes had us practically skipping to its gates, eager to immerse ourselves in its famed flora. Alas, upon arrival, our green-fingered dreams were momentarily pruned by the sight of a queue snaking its way around the garden's entrance, a testament to its popularity but a hurdle to our plans. The wait? A daunting 45 minutes, a period in which we could almost feel the plants grow but sadly, saw our schedule wilt. In a city brimming with sights, sounds, and tapas begging to be explored, we made the difficult decision to let the Real Jardín Botánico remain a mystery for a little longer, a leaf unturned in our Madrid story. It was a reminder that even the best-laid plans can encounter unexpected frost. However, let it not be said that we give up easily! The seed has been planted, and our resolve to visit these lush gardens has only been fertilized by our brief encounter. Next time, we plan to arm ourselves with advance tickets, hopeful for a fast-track option that will whisk us past the queues and straight into the heart of this botanical haven. So, to fellow travellers with a penchant for nature's wonders, consider this a tip as golden as autumn leaves in the sun: book ahead and aim for that quicker access. The Real Jardín Botánico remains on our wishlist, a verdant vision awaiting our return. Madrid, we shall be back, and your botanical treasure will be first on our list, queue or no queue!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • David_W255093
    Adelaide, Australia41 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs some loving care
    After a visit to the Prado Museum we saw another long queue at the garden entrance and as avid gardeners we thought it might be worth seeing. As seniors we paid one euro each admission which turned out to be lucky for us oldies but no so good for those paying the normal charge of 4 euros. After viewing some spectacular displays of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies, all of which were a short distance from the entrance, we ventured further into the garden, which was very large and the general standard of display and the condition of the plants deteriorated markedly. The English Box hedges bordering the garden beds were in really bad shape probably still suffering after summer and many appeared to be ravaged by disease. Many beds were empty or invaded by weeds. If this garden is to flourish then it needs some urgent action. Such a shame it has come to this.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
  • MicheleS1001
    Auckland, New Zealand38 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much to see!
    As another reviewer noted it’s a beautiful layout and location. However once the tulips die there will be very little to see. Only about 5% of the gardens are actually planted with flowers which are by the entrance way. Not worth 4 euros but we paid an extra 2 euros to see the botanical art display which was surprising good. We learnt a lot about early women botanists and their drawings. That part was done very well.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2024
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
What a beautiful place! It is worth it, I visited it in April with my friend, during the week there was no queue, we paid 2 euro for student's ticket and had a lot of fun photographing tulips. There are also toilets and a cafe inside the gardens. They are not very big but well put together and taken care of. Perhaps during other months you will see other flowers blooming.
Written April 26, 2021
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kbearne
North Yorkshire, UK678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So the downside was it did take around 45 minutes for me to queue on a January day with good weather. However, once in it was pretty with interesting plants to learn about, and the greenhouses were particularly good. There was also an art exhibition going on which I visited.
Written April 2, 2020
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TheMemorialGround
Bristol, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Having danced around our Madrid wishlist for what seemed like an eternity, the Real Jardín Botánico stood as a verdant beacon of horticultural hope on our latest escapade to Spain's vibrant capital. Its siren call of botanical beauty and serene landscapes had us practically skipping to its gates, eager to immerse ourselves in its famed flora.

Alas, upon arrival, our green-fingered dreams were momentarily pruned by the sight of a queue snaking its way around the garden's entrance, a testament to its popularity but a hurdle to our plans. The wait? A daunting 45 minutes, a period in which we could almost feel the plants grow but sadly, saw our schedule wilt.

In a city brimming with sights, sounds, and tapas begging to be explored, we made the difficult decision to let the Real Jardín Botánico remain a mystery for a little longer, a leaf unturned in our Madrid story. It was a reminder that even the best-laid plans can encounter unexpected frost.

However, let it not be said that we give up easily! The seed has been planted, and our resolve to visit these lush gardens has only been fertilized by our brief encounter. Next time, we plan to arm ourselves with advance tickets, hopeful for a fast-track option that will whisk us past the queues and straight into the heart of this botanical haven.

So, to fellow travellers with a penchant for nature's wonders, consider this a tip as golden as autumn leaves in the sun: book ahead and aim for that quicker access. The Real Jardín Botánico remains on our wishlist, a verdant vision awaiting our return. Madrid, we shall be back, and your botanical treasure will be first on our list, queue or no queue!
Written March 17, 2024
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.

Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria21,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Nice and peaceful botanical garden, an oasis in the heart of Madrid.
We visited her on the first of May, there was a queue of about 10 minutes at the entrance, perhaps because of Kovid's measures. It was very quiet in the botanical garden itself.
Written May 11, 2021
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Carolina G
London, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were dumb enough to persist during the 1hr queue to get in on a Saturday, and it was undoubtedly not worth it. It is so neglected! It’s not just a matter of the season being winter, the plants in the first greenhouse were really dehydrated and the vegetable garden outside it rotting. We struggled to find any plants worth seeing.
Written February 1, 2020
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a tough one to evaluate. So much of this depends on the time of the year. We needed some downtime after being amongst the masses of the Prado and 4 euros was a relatively small price to pay for some piece a quiet. Given that we visited in November, very little was in bloom. The water features were also turned off. Therefore your experience will be related to when you are visiting and when the plants will be in full bloom. But nonetheless we likes just walking around relaxing before we headed to the next museum. This is no Versailles by a long shot but a heck of a better than my backyard. Enjoy.
Written November 1, 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.

sheepygold
london5,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I have been here a few times before. In some months there is nothing to see but now there are many pockets of colour especially the tulips, daffodils, Judas trees, camelias, mahonias and various other plants. The bonsai terrace is particularly impressive. One of the glasshouses was closed unfortunately. The pond was interesting with many frogs producing a deafening noise. We had a coffee in the basic cafe. We spent about 90 minutes wandering around and I felt 4 Euros was a very fair price.
Written March 27, 2023
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stulimom
Bonita Springs, FL901 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Granted it was early in the Spring season in April to tour the garden but it was a nice visit after visiting the Prado. It's right next door almost. We had no fee to tour it after a certain hour and it really wasn't worth paying much for it anyway. The tulips were lovely and a few other flowers and the flower beds were pretty well marked. So it makes for a nice 1 hour stroll. I bet it's truly lovely when more flowers are in bloom.
Written May 23, 2022
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Travelaround59
London, UK1,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We loved our slow wonder around the Botanical Gardens. We met old “friends” and began acquainted with new ones. Pity that we missed the roses and the peonies and the irises flowering and we were early for the agapanthus nonetheless we did have a wonderful time…this should be done everyday at the end of sightseeing just to get out of the bustle of the city!!!
Written June 5, 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.

MicheleS1001
Auckland, New Zealand38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As another reviewer noted it’s a beautiful layout and location. However once the tulips die there will be very little to see. Only about 5% of the gardens are actually planted with flowers which are by the entrance way. Not worth 4 euros but we paid an extra 2 euros to see the botanical art display which was surprising good. We learnt a lot about early women botanists and their drawings. That part was done very well.
Written April 6, 2024
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.

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