I spotted the Winter Gardens whilst walking round the city centre. As I approached I imagined it to be a cabaret style venue similar to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
On entering the building I was surprised to see a fine piece of architecture in the form of a huge, wooden arched shaped glasshouse and palm trees reaching up to the larch timber beams.
As I walked round the gardens I saw many varieties of Mediterranean and Tropical style plants, lovely flowers, palms, tree ferns, cacti, designer fountains and a small landscaped pool.
Within the gardens there are also a couple of large model snakes with their coils coming out of the ground, and children have to find where the snakes tail ends.
Entrance is free of charge and I noticed an indoor cafe where you could relax with a drink or refreshments, or just walk around and admire the flora on display within the gardens.
I read a few facts later that it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 22nd May 2003, and that the Winter Gardens has more than 2500 plants on display over the year and has won several awards since opening.
I really liked walking round the Winter Gardens admiring the plants, and would recommend it to anybody to go and visit, especially if you like tropical plants and garden design.
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