Palheiro Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the "Garden Isle" and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil.The Palheiro gardens are situated at about 500 meters above sea level and were started in 1801 by the original owner the Conde de Carvalhal. He introduced Camellias to the Island, hence our vast collection. The gardens, some 14 hectares (with about 650 species of plants),include the Camellia avenue, Main Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Long Border and the Ladies' Garden where you find the tea house. There is also the Ribeiro do Inferno, a deep valley with treeferns and indigenous plants.
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Kevin Prickett
Geleen, The Netherlands73 contributions
Aug 2022
My wife and I spent a few hours walking around these gardens and found it a really peaceful experience, lots of different plants, flowers and trees to catch your eye, all of it nice to wander around because it’s generally quite level, there’s even a good cafe where we stopped to have some coffees and snacks. We’d recommend this to anyone ..nice way to escape for a few hours.
Written September 1, 2022
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Sulev Nurme
Tartu, Estonia163 contributions
Oct 2022
This garden is a little miracle! While everyone talks about the wonders of Funchal's botanical garden, the real wonder is Palheiro. This is real dream of Garden of Eden. This is old, maintained well but not over... If you are interested, the trees are labeled with the species of trees. There are a few different theme gardens - all nice and picturesque. There can be found nice white chapel and also very cute small tea house. The tea house menu is a bit expensive but our quiches and cakes were just excellent!

I recommend park your car near the main gate and take a walk to gardens from gate - this 15 minutes under old platane trees is worth walking. Amazing garden!
Written November 14, 2022
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Anthony R
14 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We took the bus from Funchal - arriving as it opened - make sure you are back at bus stop for return journey at the time stated on the board just inside the entrance gate.
Very enjoyable wandering around in the variety of gardens and trees - some of which we had never encountered before (look out for the labels on the trees). Don't miss the pond and the tiny frogs jumping back in. Lunched on a good sandwich at the Tea Room (pricey but worth it).
Written August 6, 2022
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Robert W
Brentwood, UK26 contributions
Oct 2021
This is beautiful garden, with a fascinating variety of plants and flowers, but does need time to explore. We have previously been in spring when the mimosa greets you as you enter. The entrance is not so impressive in autumn, but the wild amaryllis Belladonna make an attractive display beside the drive. Once you get to the more formal gardens it is a visual feast from the beautiful to the bizarre. There are many flowers, flowering bushes, flowering trees. Contrary to another reviewer, our impression was of a much greater variety than you would ever find in England. We also found the tea-room open (from 11 am), and their pastries were delicious and not expensive.
Tours including the gardens can cost a lot, and don't always give you a lot of time. The bus from the terminus near the cable car is quick & cheap. You do need to check the times - there is a 2 hour gap in the afternoon - but it is very easy. An ideal place to go for a relaxing morning or afternoon.
Written October 16, 2021
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Judith L
Warwick, UK279 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
What a gem ,- by far the best gardens around Funchal. So peaceful, cool and pretty. A very English garden with pools, topiary, roses, herbaceous borders but some exotic plants too. Well maintained and quiet. Off the beaten track which means few discover it which is a real shame. There is a bus from the centre - it is about 20/25 mins by car. A taxi will cost you about 35 euros return but it is worth it - tea room there as well.
Written May 21, 2022
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Sharon Elliott
London, UK102 contributions
Jun 2022
The trip up there on the bus is good and the gardens were good for Madeira. There are toilets on site too. Very quiet and tranquil. Don't waste your time in the cafe though - extremely expensive and shocking coffee! Food looked very dry and overpriced too.
Written June 30, 2022
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Sandra P
Oxford, UK115 contributions
Nov 2022
These are lovely gardens with beautiful views across Funchal. Being at an elevation means they are cooler than down by the sea so take an extra layer. You can visit by bus from Funchal (double check bus times- we had a leaflet for the gardens given to us by Tourist Information that was out of date). When you arrive they have helpfully included the return bus times at the entrance. Entrance was Euros 10.
The gardens are extensive and laid out with paths that criss-cross the beautiful spaces. Even in November there was colour but the gardens must be even more glorious in spring and summer. There is a tea room where food and drink can be purchased.
On arrival you will walk downhill for about 10 minutes to reach the gardens so be aware of allowing sufficient time to return to the entrance which is done via a different path, steeper but shorter!
Written November 16, 2022
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geoffrey_carver
Great Malvern, UK185 contributions
Jan 2020
Our recent visit here coincided with good weather and that's always good on a garden walk around. The entry fee is 11 Euro per person paid at the start of a pretty abysmal drive to the car park. Things don't start well. The leaflet provided has a small map which is not easy to use but there are no helpful signs either at this point. We ambled off in the wrong direction but eventually found where we were and retraced our steps to the tea house. The BLT was good and the service pleasant. Then off again.There are odd highlights but it is quite difficult to get your head around this large space. We finished up in a fairly formal part of the garden near the house and sat on a bench which tipped you off slowly but surely.There are odd signs and plant labels around but many more would be welcome. I didn't come away enthused but maybe January, even in this mild climate , is not the best viewing time..
Written January 30, 2020
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Steve K
Rothbury, UK99 contributions
Mar 2020
Take a taxi and arrange for it to wait and take you back. Two hours is aabout right. In March the gardens are a picture, with camellias, bulbs, shrubs, herbaceous plants all glowing in the sun. They are very English gardens in their style, as you would expect from a Blandy residence.
Written March 15, 2020
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tchalliwell
London, UK4 contributions
Jan 2022
We went to the gardens today. They are lovely and relaxing and we really enjoyed our visit. The camellias, bird of paradise and tree ferns were especially lovely. To get there we got the number 36 bus from the bus station, near the bottom cable car stop. We bought a ticket for just under 2euros from the bus driver. You can get cheaper tickets from the ticket booth, but that had a queue. We stayed on the bus to the end stop, where the gardens are signposted and we had a short downhill walk. The number 37 bus also goes to the gardens and drops you right outside the gate. So it is very easy to get there.
Written January 3, 2022
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