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Benmore Botanic Garden

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Address: Botanic Gardens Peninsula, Benmore PA23 8QU, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1369 706261
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies...

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.

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We came to Benmore gardens on a cloudy day. There was some works being done in the gardens so there was no admission fee though we did leave a donation. The woman at the cash... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kilwinning, United Kingdom

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Benmore gardens on a cloudy day. There was some works being done in the gardens so there was no admission fee though we did leave a donation. The woman at the cash register was extremely helpful pointing out the squirrel hut. It started to rain so we headed to the squirrel hut. We immediately saw a beautiful... More 

Thank Suzibeaton
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited here while staying in Dunoon. My daughter had stayed at Benmore on a school trip and was keen to show it off. As it was out of season the gardens were free but there was still loads to see and it was interesting seeing the gardens starting to come to life. Would like to come back and see them... More 

Thank Elaine L
Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Have visited this place many times over the years, always when the season is closed and barely a bloom left on the trees and bushes, however even on a cold crisp day it is a wonder to stroll through the gardens with your dogs and enjoy the scenery and peace and serenity. On our recent visit we finished up at... More 

Thank CarolNeill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing place. The Autumn colours were stunning. So much to see. Great view points. Photos do not do it justice.

Thank Maria S
Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

My cousin had been before, and is much more a plant person than I am, but I'm game for anything, especially just getting outside and walking for a bit. There were wonderful displays, even into September. The variety of trees were great. I'm very fond of the tall Douglas Firs. We had a lovely lunch in their restaurant after.

Thank CanadianJane1957
Rainhill, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I visited with my sister-in-law and niece, who have just moved to nearby Dunoon. We were only able to spend a couple of hours but could easily have made a full day of it as the gardens are much bigger than we expected. We were lucky with the weather, which allowed us to enjoy the glorious autumn... More 

Thank coolasamoose2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had quite an enjoyable day at Benmore Gardens the high spot being tea and cakes in the cafe where we were spoilt for choice. Some parts were easily accessible and others were less so and would not be very good if you have mobility problems. The more interesting parts seemed to be the least accessible. One criticism is that... More 

Thank drjohn030151
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place, the giant trees are truly magnificent, the walk to the view point is a must. The fernery a jem, there jus is so much to see it is definitely inspiring

Thank Salome O
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Hidden away in a beautiful valley we found a welcoming oasis. Parking was perfect. The booking in was indoors, The cafe had good variety and service was excellent.The grounds were well kept, signage brilliant, sets to rest awhile were everywhere Very customer friendly!! The whole are of gardens are extremely well kept and the signage on plants was readily available.... More 

Thank David B
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

It's a big boring park. Puck's Glen down the road is BETTER and free. Don't waste your time here... I have NO idea what people like about this. There are more ... MUCH MORE beautiful areas that are free to explore. Worst day in Scotland.

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