Royal Botanic Garden (Real Jardin Botanico), Madrid

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Set in the heart of the city, Royal Botanic Garden (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 Royal Botanic Garden (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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  • Despite a large area, the lack of investment and maintenance is screaming. What a pity. Apart from a few fine specimen in bloom nothing much extra
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  • Please do not go to these gardens all the plants are dead and everything is very poorly maintained...one to avoid at 4 euros a person entry  more »
  • I think a visit to complete to Madrid, you should have a good time in the morning at the Botanical Garden. Not only by its origin and link to the Museo del Prado (when it still was not), but the pleasant walk along terraces and parterres and, especially, the greenhouse where you can see several different environments on the planet, the most striking being the tropical-ecuatorial. It is worth remembering is the Palace of Villanueva (now closed) which usually host temporary exhibitions at the end (part of above).
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  • Certainly some lovely vegetation...even for the casual observer like myself. Spring is an amazing time of year to check it out...tulips in bloom....not too hot. Be sure not to miss the pair of greenhouses tucked away near the restrooms, and also climb the several flights of stairs that hover over the greenhouses to get the full experience. This place is attached to the Prado Museum, so it's fairly feasible to do both in one day.
  • 4 euro normal entrance, 2 euros for students, 50 cent for the elderly. Pretty cheap for the giant botanical garden situated near the Centre of Madrid. Maybe too cheap as many plants are dead or dying. Maintenance leaves a lot to be desired. Still worth it for the beautiful exposition and overall serenity.
  • Safe haven to get away from the rush of downtown. Very well maintained, with great variety of plants. The entry is only 4 euro, it's well worth it. During the summer it's open until 20:00,if you are up to cool down enjoying the scent of the flowers and the calls of the (ever present) parrotts.
  • I believe it's a beautiful place at Spring time... When we went it was August and most of the plants were dead... No flowers at all... Loads of renovations made the place looks very untidy. I know they charge only a small fee, but honestly as much as I love places like these, I wouldn't go there even for free... They should inform about the condition of the park before let people pay the full price for a tiny percent of the potential of this place... Waist of time... Closed toilets made it even harded for my heavy pregnant wife to enjoy it.
  • The place is nice. It has great potential, and we really enjoyed the bonsai collection and the cacti, for example. However, as we were walking through the gardens it was way too common to spot rotting or overgrown plants. If the entrance was free, I'd definitely recommend visiting it. However, as you have to pay for your visit, I'd expect the money from the ticket to be reinvested in taking care of the gardens, which it's obviously not.

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