Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

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730 Great Western Rd,

Price & Hours



Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Botanic Gardens are yet another free attraction in Glasgow. Bursting with colorful flora and fauna along the River Kelvin, the gardens also showcase a number of greenhouses, including the fantastic Kibble Palace, which contains a rainforest of tropical plants and trees. The gardens offer a nice reprieve from the city, especially if you're on your way from the restaurants, bars, cafes and shops that line buzzy Byres Road. What's more, there are also well-regarded tearooms in the former curator's house near Kibble Palace serving breakfast and lunch.

Past visitors praised the gardens. Many travelers were especially drawn to the more exotic plants grown here, including the carnivorous ones in the greenhouse. Others recommended stopping here for afternoon tea.

The grounds are open year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. The greenhouses and tearooms are open from 10 am. to 6 p.m., with shortened hours in the winter months. Hillhead is the nearest subway station; the nearest railway stations are Patrick or Hyndland. Check the website of the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens for more details.

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