Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, Birmingham

3.4
#6 of 30 in Parks in Birmingham
Wander through 6 hectares (15 acres) of lush landscaping at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses. Situated just outside of the city center, the garden contains over 7,000 different plants, trees, and shrubs. Visit the tropical greenhouse to see varieties of rain forest vegetation, or the arid house for a look at dry desert climate plants. Kids love the discovery garden, where they can learn about different plants through interactive play. Bring a pack lunch to eat in the gardens, or enjoy a meal at the on-site bistro. Put Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses into our Birmingham vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 20, 2017
    This was THE best ABBA tribute band we have ever seen and in an ideal place. It was SOLD OUT with every table occupied and space for Dancing Queens to show off their skills. BBQ was a bit of an exagge...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    I visited the botanical gardens after being given a family ticket as a gift. Upon arrival the carpark was busy so I followed the signs to an overflow carpark. (The school next door). There were no sig...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Don't go here. Even when the registration of the car was entered into the terminal in the reception area (twice to make sure) I still received a fine. The car was displaying a disabled badge and we we...  more »
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  • I use to come here all the time, when I was really little and I would sit on the grass with an ice-cream, watching the music on the bandstand with my parents (good times). A large indoor and outdoor environment. Lots to do for all ages, with a botanics area, with information on different plants from around the world. Plants are also sold here, with a gift shop by the entrance and exit. There's a playground and a conservatory with birds inside (interesting touch). I did work experience in the gift shop two years ago and the manager of the gift shop was lovely and I really enjoyed working there for a week x... School trips were also really fun here and I sang in one of the conservatories with my choir, offering pretty good acoustics. It's larger than you think it is, so walks with your dog and family would be an ideal way to spend an afternoon, baring in mind that you have to pay to get in and the cafe costs an arm and a leg!
  • A really great day out. Lots of interesting things to see & learn. Or just a lovely walk through the different habitats & gardens. Great for kids, as there is a playground. Cafe has great good, friendly staff & a nice atmosphere. All the facilities around site are clean & well maintained. It is also very well priced.
  • Been here once before. Still as good. Visited earlier in the year this time so saw different things to last time. Can spend a day easily enjoying all the different areas. Today the weather was absolutely wonderful. Two weddings as well
  • I have been to the botanical Gardens a number of times spanning over 10 yrs or more. I visited yesterday after not having been in around 4 years and I was really dissapointed. The place is still very beautiful, lots of lovely areas to sit and relax, however there were many areas that were unkempt and just let go. Areas cordoned off and overgrown and not nearly as many bright colourful flowers as I'd remembered. There were a group of adults who were sat with music on the main lawn, women in bikinis walking around....this is fine at the right time and place, maybe a beach or even the park, but I felt it was a little out of place. Also some of the staff were very nonchalant and unfriendly,sulking about the place huffing and puffing and I felt like a nuisance by just being there. I'm the least fussiest person in the world and am the last to ever complain so this review doesn't come lightly. Hope it picks up and perhaps I caught it on an off day
  • The gardens are a lovely green oasis in an industrial and commercial city. Always enjoy visits and this was no different. Small children were enthralled with the dinosaurs excited around the gardens outside the Teahouse cafe. The cakes had that tasteless looks that cakes baked in factories have. So I had a sandwich that cost £4.95. Total waste of money, instead of the unctuous Marie Rose sauce I expected, there was a thin colourless liquid that soda the bread. I left it, suggest you bring a picnic basket or your own food. The service is very slow and unfriendly. It's the gardens that get 4 star not cafe.

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