Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
3.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fifteen acres of glorious landscaped gardens with over 7000 plants, shrubs and trees - and a new Butterfly House. Close to Birmingham city centre, this hidden tranquil setting also has four glasshouses taking the visitor from the hot steamy heat of the Tropical rainforest with its rich vegetation, through to the Sub-Tropical House with its stunning palms and tree ferns. The visitor moves through to the Mediterranean House, with its citrus plants and bright conservatory-type blooms - and finally to the stark contrast of the Arid House with desert climate and stunning cacti.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Edgbaston
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David A
3 contributions
Income streams
Sep 2021
Have sent a complaint to the Gardens:

"Birmingham Botanical Gardens

0121 454 1860

admin@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

Madam/Sir,

I am very disappointed after my visit to the Gardens on Saturday (11/9); I have made the trip several times over the years and understand that weddings provide an important source of income, but adults were posing for photographs with bottles of beer, in rather puerile fashion, sending all the wrong messages to other users, with their kids running amok, making quite a racket and even picking leaves off the hedges for one of their games!

The mission is to "support plant biodiversity and an understanding of its importance to the natural environment through conservation, education, engagement, and enjoyment", but is this the right way to go about meeting those aims?

The Gardens are, potentially, a marvellous resource for civilised man being pet-free and even quite quiet for their city location; they provide a rare retreat where folk can ponder the threats to our environment and biodiversity - shouldn't we try to prosper without recourse to hateful, noisy parties?

David Austin,
Stourbridge."
Written 12 September 2021
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Stu880
Lincoln, UK32 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fabulous find. This is a fantastic place to visit. Lovely grounds with lots to see. The gardens are separated into many interesting areas and all age groups are catered for. Take time out for a visit … well worth the value for money admission fee.
Written 12 September 2021
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cltc43
Bristol, UK950 contributions
OK but could have been much better
Sep 2021
My first contact with the Gardens was on their website, which very much needs a makeover. Having a 2-for-1 pass, there is nowhere on the booking page that allows for this (unlike the sites of other gardens). I had to book 1 ticket and note on the additional comments that I would be using 2-for-1 - but these additional comments do not appear on your ticket!

On arrival, the 2-for-1 was acceptable, but not apparently that I had booked a Senior ticket with it. It seems the second ticket is only free if a 'full adult' ticket is bought. Despite pointing out that I was a Senior had bought a full ticket for a Senior, this was apparently not allowed. We were both let in but I felt like I was being told off. All this over a £2 difference! There was a wedding on at the Gardens at the same time, which must have brought them in thousands.

Next, the car park. Presumably because of the wedding it was virtually full. We just managed to find one of the last spaces - and this at 11am. Then, for the privilege you have to pay an extra £2.

The Gardens themselves need some loving care. Paintwork needs touching up, and structures need repairing - there is a general air of neglect. And as for the poor birds imprisoned in bare cages - well, I see there are so many other comments about these that I'm surprised the Council haven't done anything to put an end to this barbaric practice, even if the owners won't.

Other than that, the Gardens were OK - though, as others have mentioned, an hour or so is enough to see everything. There are at least a good number of benches and picnic tables, and a couple of adventure playgrounds for the kids.
Written 12 September 2021
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caf5
Burton upon Trent, UK10 contributions
Our perfect wedding day!
Sep 2021 • Friends
My daughter and new son in law had their wedding reception at the gardens on Saturday and all I can say is that it was perfect and anyone thinking of getting married should consider this amazing venue. Not just for the beautiful setting but for many other reasons.
After the wedding being postponed twice thanks to the pandemic, many changes for the gardens events team it is even more amazing that everything was so polished. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble from arriving to set up the room right to collecting everything again the day after. My brother even had car problems and the security staff were absolutely awesome helping and supporting him and trying to sort out pick ups and taxis they were absolute heroes!

The staff, awesome! They were attentive, professional, all were very cheery and just lovely but then their manager ( Jason, happy 50th birthday!) was pretty fantastic so that obviously feeds down the chain! They are also great dancers 😉
Food, absolutely superb. We had the street food menu with British and Lebanese dishes which was incredible and I’m now trying to find a recipe book to see if I can copy some of those Lebanese dishes. So many compliments from guests about the food, so quirky and so tasty! Compliments to the chef!!
So finally I’d like to say thank you team botanical gardens, every single one of you that helped to make my daughter and son in law’s day so perfect! We will be eternally grateful. ❤️
Written 6 September 2021
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Robb
Leeds, UK363 contributions
Charges you to park even if you’re not in their car park 🤣
Sep 2021 • Family
LOL. These guys are hilarious. Drove for a mile round the loop to be told we still had to pay two pounds parking even though we weren’t parked in their car park!!! LOLz.
Written 5 September 2021
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Soph
Stourbridge, UK20 contributions
A short visit!
Aug 2021 • Family
The botanical gardens were lovely and well looked after. I didn’t notice any signs of neglect that other people are mentioning.
The parking was fine at 10am, there were plenty of spaces. It was a different story when we left though, so if you are worried about parking, go early.
The play area was quite big, but a bit too old for my toddler so we didn’t stay on it for very long. There weren’t any slides that she could use safely.
We were very excited to see the butterflies but the butterfly house was very small and took all of 2 minutes. The butterflies were beautiful though.
I felt like we had done it all after an hour and a half. I think we will wait until she is old enough to enjoy the playground more before we return.
Written 25 August 2021
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Katia
1 contribution
Family day out
Aug 2021 • Family
Very disappointed I felt the birds was the biggest issue in a cage I thought was just to small. There was no foliage. The Macmillan garden was in such a sad state all overgrown and not looked after. The parking was awful very small spaces and that was if you were lucky to get one ! The cafe well we’re shall I start it was lacking in food and drink we couldn’t even get a proper coffee and the cake looked awful ! Positives were the staff in reception were friendly and peaceful walk around and some of the plants were beautiful to see and very reasonably to get in.
Written 22 August 2021
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templar79
Warwick, UK71 contributions
Oasis of green in Birmingham suburb
Aug 2021
Rather hidden away in the suburbs of Birmingham this is a gem of a place. Despite the pandemic the glass houses and gardens have been superbly cared for and presented. A real sense of preserved Victorian/Edwardian splendour dating from a time when wealthy industrialists with large gardens sourced seeds from foreign lands which they donated to the Botanical Gardens and expected other plants or seeds in return. A kind of swap shop. A decent cafe, well stocked shop and plant sale area all contributed to a memorable visit for us.
Written 18 August 2021
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Sam T
Rhoose, UK59 contributions
Lovely family afternoon out
Aug 2021 • Family
We took our children aged 3 and 22 months last week on a visit to Birmingham. The glasshouses were lovely and the plants/fish looked well looked after. There were lots of pathways through the site allowing different routes to occupy the children. We were disappointed to find that there were no explorer backpacks at reception, but instead purchased the beautiful birds and scavenger hunt trails. These were simple but entertained our 3 year old on the way round. We set up to have a picnic near to the pavilion and there was plenty of space for the children to run around. There was also a great kids’ play area that we stopped at on our way round. My only complaint would be that the parking is absolutely awful. The car park is small with very tight spaces and not much room to manoeuvre into them. We couldn’t actually get a space as the car park was full, so had to park in a nearby pay and display, then walk back on foot. Leaving the car park to do this because some cars, knowing the car park was full, were waiting at the entrance for people to leave so they could take the space, partially blocking the way (we had to drive around them on the way in, a very tight squeeze). This shouldn’t be allowed. However, a lovely afternoon overall and we would recommend to others.
Written 15 August 2021
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Sylvia T
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
Disappointing
Aug 2021
Went there and it was closed for a concert. Website said open and closing time was 7pm, got there for 3pm and the notice said closing at 4 pm. Several people there were disappointed.
Written 10 August 2021
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