The UK’s best botanical gardens, ideal for a day out with the family
Britain is home to some pretty amazing botanical gardens, filled with rare and exotic plants from around the world displayed in extraordinary exhibits.
Seriously, this is a major inspiration for gardening.
But they’re not just for those with a green thumb. In fact, they can often be a fun day out for the family (especially on sunny days), with fun exhibits, exhibits, and added features like colorful cafes or sprawling estates to explore around them.
Here we take a look at 10 Botanic Gardens across the UK that we think you’ll love.
During the pandemic, hours of operation may vary – and with some attractions reducing capacity, a pre-reservation may be required.
1. Kew Gardens, London
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You can easily spend a few hours strolling through this breathtaking park in the heart of South West London.
For starters, the spectacular conservatories are home to an eclectic mix of rare and unusual plants from around the world, with panels and displays explaining a bit about each and where they came from.
Kew Gardens also has plenty of places to eat lunch, whether you’re stopping for a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or cafes, or packing a picnic amid the expansive green spaces.
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How much? Adult tickets £ 13.95, free for children 16 and under.
2. Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden project is hailed as one of the the best things to see in Cornwall especially for a day out with the family.
Its biomes are home to everything from sprawling rainforest plants to Western Mediterranean offerings and even a Western Australian garden.
There are also plenty of adventures to be had, whether you fancy taking on the thrilling zipline, canopy walks, or fun climbing structures on offer for the little ones.
How much? Adult tickets from £ 26 and children’s tickets from £ 13.50 when purchased in advance online.
3. Royal botanical gardens, Edinburgh
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A working science center for the study of plants and their conservation, there is much to learn and discover in these picturesque gardens.
There are 10 greenhouses with different climatic zones, whether you want to explore the tropics or have always wanted to learn more about desert plants.
You can wander around at your leisure or take a guided tour, while the cafe and restaurant are great places for lunch.
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How much? Adult tickets £ 7, free for children 15 and under.
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Scientist Henry Pochin created this garden in 1874 with his collection of plants, but today you’ll find 80 acres of manicured lawns, vibrant flower arrangements, wildflower meadows, water gardens, and champion trees.
The plants are seasonal, so if you visit more than once, you may find loads of new, colorful flowers.
How much? Adult tickets £ 15.40, children’s tickets £ 7.70.
5. Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
The gardens of this Jacobean mansion are a must visit, not to mention the vast estate itself which is quite impressive.
Think of the colorful flowers, the perfect lawns, the fully organically managed walled vegetable garden and the elegant buildings.
Meanwhile, in the house itself, you will find numerous exhibits offering insight into the fascinating history of the mansion.
How much? Adult tickets from £ 18.50, children’s tickets from £ 11.10. Children under five are free. Members of English Heritage are free.
The oldest botanical garden in the UK, the gardens span 130 acres of picturesque landscape while Harcourt Arboretum offers incredible resources for botanists who wish to learn more about some of the rarest and most common plants. aliens of the world.
There are plenty of fun events throughout the year, from teddy bear picnics to arts and crafts, while the Rainforest House and seasonal exhibits will make you feel like stepping inside. a movie set.
How much? Adult tickets from £ 5.45, children 16 and under free. Annual passes from £ 20.
7. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
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Home to the world’s largest single-span greenhouse, you’ll also find plenty of themed gardens, plant auctions and vibrant flowers from around the world.
In addition to the impressive flower displays, there are plenty of fun features, from the British Bird of Prey Center to a tropical butterfly house, as well as play areas for the little ones.
How much? Adult tickets £ 11.49, children tickets £ 5.50. Family tickets from £ 33.
First opened in the 1800s, these gardens now span 19 acres with plenty of green space for those who want to make the most of the fresh air outside.
Category 2 glass pavilions house a collection of plants from temperate regions of the world, as well as expansive lawns and eye-catching offerings.
Highlights include a well-preserved fossil of a lepidodendron in the Evolution Garden and a rare Grade II listed bear pit that is often a hit with children.
How much? Free entry.
9. The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
While not technically a botanical garden, it is still worth a visit, especially if you are planning a day at Kenilworth Castle.
Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I through the recreated garden which offers many fragrant flower displays, scenic footpaths and paths, and landscaped gardens that resemble something from a storybook.
Highlights include the marble fountain, aviary and the Earl of Leicester’s emblem of the tattered bear and staff.
How much? Adult tickets £ 11.80, children’s tickets £ 7.10. Children under five are free. Members of English Heritage are free.
ten. Logan Botanical Garden, Dumfries and Galloway
Considered to be Scotland’s most exotic garden, here you’ll find plants from all over the world, from South America to Africa and Australia.
Highlights include the walled garden where you’ll find rare plants and a fish pond, while the Logan Conservatory which houses a range of plants offers some pretty spectacular views (it’s also the first all-green greenhouse in the UK) .
How much? Adult tickets £ 7, free for children 15 and under.