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Royal Botanic Garden (Real Jardin Botanico)

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Address: Plaza Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-91-420-3017
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Nice, but for flowers it is better to go to the rose garden in Parque buen retiro

This botanical garden was very nice for a stroll around, as there was lots of shade on the very hot day. The conservatories inside as well as the collection of bonsai trees were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
charlotte466
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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifull Botanic Gardens at it's best when I visited in October with the beautifull autumn colours The surrounding area was also beautifull with tree lined streets all in full Autumn glory It is a lovely City

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went early September. No flowers. Everything looked dry, unkempt and unloved in the borders. It was nice to sit in the shade by the pond (the greenhouse was closed) Overall, very disappointing, especially when you can get in to the Retiro next door for free.

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This botanical garden was very nice for a stroll around, as there was lots of shade on the very hot day. The conservatories inside as well as the collection of bonsai trees were the most impressive. we did get a student discount to get it, it was 2 euro for a ticket. If you want to visit a garden for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At 4 euros per adult (0.50 if over 60) this is a place for plant lovers. There are interesting examples of various species arranged in various beds. The greenhouse has various zones from arid to tropical. When we went in early September there were few flowers left but there were gardeners working in various places. Since it dates back to... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is not full of flowers and was a bit arid as weather so hot but it was a nice place to walk around, it does have a pond where I saw the only cat I had seen in ten days in Madrid,, and that was only as it was after the frogs. No café here but a drinks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this garden to be a great place to seek shade during an intense August heatwave in Madrid. The 20 acres hold at least 1,500 trees, and I made for one with a bench beneath. A few other visitors had done the same throughout the garden. But only a handful of people actually strolled the wide paths under the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not as lush as one might have imagined. Yet in the vast expanse of paths and trails that is the Retiro it is a place to stop and enjoy. Tip: don't underestimate the time distances and amount of time in the sun you'll be experiencing.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I visited the botanic gardens as it was recommended as one of the top tourist attractions. Sadly we soon realised we could see the same attractions walking down the street. I was expecting exotic plants in bright colours, it was far from that. I wish I had known this before spending 4€.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice garden, but looks a bit dry. Didn't enjoy paying 4 euro as an entrance fee since it was not that great

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trying to find a nice place to cool down we decided to visit the botanic garden. I'm afraid it was a huge disappointment and not worth paying for. It just didn't look cared for and the only plant with any colour was the tomato! Nothing else in bloom and a lot of weeds. There are plenty of other colourful parks... More 

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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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