Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens has four glasshouses and 15 acres of ornamental gardens and were opened in 1832. They were designed by JC Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher. Apart from the glasshouses, which were added during the latter half of the 19th century, the layout of the gardens is much the same today as Loudon's original design.
April to September: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Children (Over 5): £4.75
Children (Under 5): Free
The gardens and glasshouses are found in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston just a couple of miles outside the city. It's some 15 hectares and has existed since 1832 as a public garden (open to subscribers only at this point in history). The influx of new plants from all over the world lead to horticultural societies being set up all over the UK, and Birmingham was no exception.
With the exception of the glasshouses, the gardens are, moreorless, as they were originally laid out (glasshouses were a later edition in the 1850s and 1870s), and the Japanese Garden coming in the 1970s.
A huge lawn, fairly decent cafe and plenty of 'sections' to the garden make it a worthwhile 3 or 4 hours.
Open every day except Xmas Day, Monday-Saturday 9am, Sunday 10am. Closes at 7pm (April-September) and 5pm (October-March).
Entry fees: 7.50 gbp, 4.75 concession, 22 family ticket.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens are only about a 5-10 minute drive outside of the city centre. I've only been here once and I was with my Grandad, years ago. Even though I was young I remember all the colours all of al the different types of plants and some of the types of plants being nature at its best. Wether you love nature or not is still a great day out and worth a visit, as its so close to the city centre.
As far as I can remeber (or unless it's changed since I was there) the glasshouses are divided up into 4 different types. Ranging from tropical to mediterranean and everything inbetween. One thing I do remember is how well the gardens where kept and laid out. A lot of work is put into these Gardens and the work pays off! The Gardens also have a bandstand, Typical English cottage and garden, Historic Gardens, Childrens Garden and a Playground.
Opened in 1832, the Botanical Gardens cover an area of 15 acres. Inside the gardens are tea rooms, pavillions and of course flowers.
Adult : £6.10
Children : £3.60
Under 5 free
The botanical gardens are open all year from 9am until
7pm (April to September)
5pm (October to March)
The gardens offer you the chance to see some of the most beautiful greenery in the world along with fantastic glasshouses. Attractions besides plants include indoor aviaries; a restaurant which gives you a fantastic view of the gardens; a childrens' adventure playground; a gift shop and plant centre; and a gallery displaying work by local artists.
Admission: Adults: £4.00; children over five: £2.20;