Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid

#7 of 55 in Parks in Madrid
Garden · Nature / Park
Set in the heart of the city, Real Jardin Botanico maintains 90,000 plants and flowers,1,500 trees and the largest herbarium in Spain. Began originally as Kind Ferdianand the IV’s private botanical garden for unique species from Spain’s colonies, the garden specializes in researching botany, so you’ll find the names of all the plants on the Terraze de la Escuelas Botanicas. For simple aesthetics, stop at La Terraza de los Cuadros, where you’ll find a large collection of ornamentals. To visit Real Jardin Botanico and get the most from your holiday in Madrid, create itinerary details personal to you using our Madrid road trip website.
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  • The entire garden is a disheveled mess. It's nit ill-kempt it's NOT kept, instead it's overgrown. Full of dead leaves. A complete waste ifvtime abd money. Typical if a publicly state run garden...  more »
  • The experience did not start well as the woman at the entrance was extremely rude to us for no reason and did not let me and my friend pay separately for some unknown reason to us. La experiencia...  more »
  • Not looked after at all. Some parts of the garden were just bare beds with weeds. Very disappointing. Giving it two stars as the bonsais were good and the bromeliad greenhouse too.  more »
  • This place gets 5 stars, solely for its amazing Bonsai tree collection. The best collection I've ever seen, with a wide variety of trees. Went in September and saw a few trees that had fully sized fruit on, I think it was pomegranate and maybe a pear? Really well designed section of the garden - it's right at the top so make sure to go. The rest of the park is good maybe 4/5 stars.
  • Loved it! Well I love botanical gardens in general but it's a very pleasant, chill way to see the flora and fauna, it does cost to get in but I think it was like 4€ and if you're a student with ID you can get a discount. Nice little break from a little tourist jaunt.
  • What a wonderful way to spend any busy lunch time in sunny Madrid. Tickets currently are 6 euros (incl special exhibition), or 4 with discount, or 50 cents for retired members, just for the garden. Really peaceful and beautifully designed, has also a gift shop, toilets and special exhibit area. There is a small café at the back of the gift shop where you can get quiche, sandwiches, light bites and drinks, including bottled beer and wine (by glass or bottle). It really was lovely.
  • A wonderful green oasis in this bustling city. Sculptures, both contemporary and old, inhabit this beautiful garden. The two small photography exhibitions on at the moment in the pavilion are worth a visit. And you can see the care that is given to the trees from the photo of the pomegranate branch, tenderly bandaged and supported...a labour of love
  • Free on a Tuesday afternoon and well worth a visit. Some lovely trees. Well cared for and an oasis in the middle of the city. Although the close by Retiro park is more informal and probably more relaxing; you can always find yourself a quiet spot there.

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