Madeira Botanical Garden
Madeira Botanical Garden
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A visit to the Botanical gardens provides visitors with the names and origins of the splendid variety of exotic flowers, vegetables, herbs and other useful plants found on Madeira.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom7,002 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reminded me more of a really nice park than a garden, but so close to other great activities you may as well visit
    We visited these gardens on an action packed day; starting with the cable ride up the hill, a wonderful visit to the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens and then the second cable car ride to these Botanical Gardens. Afterwards we enjoyed the fun touristy toboggan ride, before getting the cable car back down to Funchal and having a walk along the promenade by the sea. A very busy and fun day! The highlight was definitely the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens for us, so in comparison these gardens disappointed. The Botanical Gardens are more open and formal than those at Monte Palace. One of their most famous features is the patterns in their borders made from plants, spelling out their name and the year. We enjoyed walking around in the sunshine, the paths are mostly good but uneven and narrow in some areas. In April there wasn't that many flowers to see. These gardens reminded me more of a really nice park from back home in the UK. Spread out across a large area and on a steepish hill, you will need to be relatively fit to get around all of the garden/park, I was heavily pregnant but just took it slowly. We bought tickets at the cable car station in Funchal to include a visit to The Botanical Gardens. We paid €68 for all cable car rides, plus garden entry. Boarding at Funchal you ride up the mountain to the first station. Here Monte Palace Tropical Garden is immediately to your left as you leave the station, and the walk to the cable car for Botanical Gardens is to the right, both are well sign posted. Be aware that it is quite a long walk away - and all up a steep hill on the way back! I was heavily pregnant and just took it slowly. The hill is very steep but there are steps too. I think it took us about 15 minutes to walk from one cable car station to the other. It was worth the walk for us, as the cable car ride to the Botanical Gardens was much moew scenic, travelling across lush forests and countryside. It is just a couple of minutes journey on this cable car. We enjoyed our visit to the Botanical Gardens, but Monte Palace Tropical Gardens are a whole other level! Whilst the gardens aren't amazing, I would recommend seeing as you are already so close when visiting Monte Palace (a must see!) and it does all combine together to make a wonderful action-packed touristy day.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 14, 2023
  • jholton1
    Greater London, United Kingdom19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint garden
    The garden is a unique experience, amazing display of plants and flowers, currently 7E to get in. The views out over the town are amazing and a sit in the small cafe will allow you to soak it up. Just be aware the paths are at times rocky and uneven, not wheelchair accessible.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • blowin
    Corfe Castle, United Kingdom99 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mixed bag
    The trip with two cable cars takes a long time if there is a cruise ship in, for us it was an hour and a half from the bottom - had we known this we’d have gone earlier and directly there by taxi. Gardens not at their best in April but it was a pleasant enough morning despite big groups from the ships. Fascinatingly bizarre museum above the rose garden.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Paul H
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom1,363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and Peaceful
    We went by public transport, as we had a 1-Day Bus Pass (5€ per person). The admission is not that expensive at €7.50 per person. The gardens are somewhat low key. It has plenty of signage however, i.e. there are layout maps every 50 meters, each plant, scrub or tree is labelled well etc.. The cafe is lovely, given the view it has of the city below. 2 hours should do it all, unless you are into Botany bigtime.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
  • Marie W
    United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise Gardens with cafe.
    Best part is that you can get the cable car to the top and then walk the 3kms to the botanical Gardens through the most beautiful mountainous scenery. You do need to be fairly fit as steep decide with hundreds of steps. You can then get the cable car back up for your return journey back to Funchal. Gardens have a cafe with beautiful outlook.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Heidi D
    Scarborough, Maine327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and view
    The Botanical Gardens are beautiful. There is a lovely variety of flowers, trees and a lovely Japanese garden as well. There is a peaceful area around a pond with a waterfall which is a perfect spot for relaxation. The walk is down a somewhat steep incline so I would recommend good shoes and to be ready and able for them. Along the way is a very well presented history of Madiera and Portugal which is fascinating. We spent about 2 hours but it could be longer. The views of Funchal from the gardens are terrific. Take the gondola up to the gardens- it's fun!
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A huge space
    Wear good shoes and be prepared for walking up and down. It is a lovely space though. The short cable car ride over was interesting. Windy and rocking! Massive cacti and the topiary was excellent. The checkered hedges were being pruned when we arrived. Even better once defined. Beautiful colours and pretty flowers. Places to stop for nibbles and drinks. Small selection of shops too. Go and have a walk around and count the lizards basking in the sun.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Neil
    Woodbridge, United Kingdom85 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall we were disappointed. It doesn’t flow as a garden. It’s tired, needs better upkeep and is old fashioned
    Overall we were disappointed. It doesn’t flow as a garden. It’s tired, needs better upkeep and is old fashioned rather than classic. Visit the municipal gardens in the centre for a free of charge nicer experience I would say. Monte Palace Gardens are the best in Funchal we felt.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Wanderlust3483
    661 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Gardens
    Stunning gardens- especially the cacti areas and all the monsteras. We were disappointed that the greenhouse was closed- it looked like there were so many cool plants in there. I agree with the other reviews that it does need some updating, but we were really impressed by the variety of plants and the walking areas. For less that $10 as an entry fee, you can't beat it. Overall we really enjoyed this garden and would recommend it if you like plants, seeing native fauna and having a lovely walk through nature.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • lesfraser
    London, United Kingdom44 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maybe nice at other seasons -Dull in late June!
    Maybe just the season that we chose to visit but this was pretty underwhelming! There may be a time in the spring when the blooms are out and it’s spectacular-but at the end of June it is dull. The cable car to get there from Monte is fun though and gives you a great view up a couple of really wild valleys just above Funchal.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
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Dilys O
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice gardens, but Tropical Gardens better. Good views over Funchal. Quiet when we visited, we took the bus from Funchal (no 31 & 31a) the bus ride was an experience though! Staff are awful, both in the ticket booth & cafe, unpleasant & very abrupt, the only place we have encountered this in the whole of Madeira & we have been a few times. A course in customer care wouldn't go amiss. If you are wanting to visit gardens opt for the Tropical.
Written March 4, 2024
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK854 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Ho hum, had a lovely bus trip up from Central Funchal (#31) . The gardens are nice enough, with views across the city but there are nicer gardens in the area
Written March 3, 2024
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_Pista_7
Budapest, Hungary34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nice little walk, expecially for the continental European people who are wondering about such a phenomenon exists in february. Vivid plants in 25 degrees celsius!
Written February 28, 2024
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Dave and Jas
Bangkok, Thailand7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Enjoyed walking around. Only accessible by bus or 2 cable cars. Bus is fine. Just make sure you load your Giro card the day before then you'll just pay €5 for the whole day's journeys.
Written February 27, 2024
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Mikee H
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I enjoyed the cable car ride and the gardens. Be careful on paths as they are uneven and loose. Amazing views and plenty of toilets en route.
Written February 22, 2024
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Robbriggs1
Leeds, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Lovely little spot for a browse.
Nice gardens and wasn’t busy when we went.
The lady on the ticket office could learn some basic people skills though!

Sad to see names scribed into some of the cacti etc - poor behaviour from tourists.

Little tip - check out the bus times prior to going in. We didn’t and when we returned to catch the bus at the terminal we’d missed one by 10 mins and the next one wasn’t for 2 hours. We haggled a price down for a taxi (€10) as we had no real choice.

Be aware. The road is ridiculously steep - I had to hold/pick up an elderly couple who were taking a tumble on the hill. Luckily okay but could have been so much worse. They simply lost their balance.
All in all, a nice visit.
Written February 19, 2024
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Joyce J
Liverpool, UK718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Stunning gardens with amazing panoramic views over Funchal.
We spent a good few hours here walking through all the beautiful gardens.
From huge trees to the most delicate flowers, cacti, topiary, indigenous species, so many different but beautiful gardens.
You can get stunning views down to the harbour and up into the hilltops right across the area from various viewpoints
The cafe was nice, plenty of seating and a good selection of sandwiches, cakes & other snacks plus hot & cold drinks.
It was easy to get to from central Funchal on local buses. The bus ride up the winding road was an experience in itself. Buses were busy but regular service.
We thoroughly enjoyed the gardens & was a lovely chilled few hours
Written February 14, 2024
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kperkins38
Boston, MA400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Beautiful and huge garden! I had some time to kill so decided to stop by. It wasn’t too busy, but the parking lots nearby were pretty full. I did find a spot though - parking across the street and down the hill. There is also a cab stand outside if you take a cab there - it is easy to find one to leave.
There is a cafe and museum in the garden as well. I didn’t eat at the cafe, but it was pretty full. Wonderful views of Funchal!
Written February 11, 2024
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KarmaRoo
Ontario, Canada17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A bit of a let-down, especially after visiting the fabulous Monte Palace gardens.
Perhaps this place would be a bit more impressive during the spring or early summer, but when we visited in October it was a little disappointing.
If you only have time for one garden while in Madeira, skip this one and head to Monte.
Written February 5, 2024
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Lottie W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Must go see! A stunning range of plants and gemstones. Beautifully layed out and maintained. Lovely staff and two nice cafes.
Written January 29, 2024
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