Glasgow Botanic Gardens

730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE

Run by Glasgow City Council, this much-loved garden has over 200 years of history located in the city’s west end. It features extensive glasshouses, including the historic ‘A’ listed Kibble Palace, and grounds with walks along the River Kelvin.

With various points of interest, the botanic gardens comprise a flower garden, herb garden, wild flower garden, pollinators border, a double herbaceous border, and the unique chronological border.

Stimulating large collections of temperate and tropical plants are displayed in the glasshouses and include African and American desert habitats and plants used in commerce, such as cocoa, coffee, banana, pineapple and national collections of tree ferns, orchids and begonias.

The Kelvin walkway runs through the botanic gardens, providing plenty options for exploring the grounds and arboretum. The recently restored humpback pedestrian bridge is also well worth a visit.

A member of the National Tree Collections of Scotland, the botanic gardens has an impressive variety of trees displayed in the grounds including rare conifers. A tree tour leaflet is available for visitors to explore the collection.

After discovering all that the gardens have to offer, visitors can make a refreshment stop at the tearoom or kiosk on site. There is also a play area for children to enjoy.

The Bard in the Botanics have run a summer Shakespeare Festival in the gardens since 2002. Performances are held outdoors and in the Kibble Palace most evenings in June and July, with this year’s shows including As You Like It, Henry V, Hamlet and Richard.


Telephone: 0141 276 1614

Opening times: Grounds – 7am until dusk. Glasshouses – 10am until 6pm (April to Sept)

Admission costs: Free entry (including the glasshouses). Dogs allowed but must be kept on a lead.

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