Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
3.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 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.
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  • silvertravellers48
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom30 contributions
    Lovely Luminate
    We are 2 old fogies who absolutely loved Luminate last night. We spent over 2 hours there going round slowly and taking photos while people with small children just dashed through. It was extremely cold, and the frozen fountain still running surrounded with icicles was stunning. Lights beautiful, music a bit syrupy. The only food available though was pizza or baked potatoes in the cafe until 7.30pm, not as advertised - but at least it was warm in there. Hot chocolate and delicious mulled wine at the far end of the route, which was a long walk but all illuminated. We took some marshmallows and had fun toasting them at excellent BBQ pits, though we needed our 'phone torch. There was actually plenty of parking opposite on the University site, entrances off Vicarage Road rather obscure, the "marshall" being useless. There are toilets half way round but best to use the ones in the building before you enter Luminate. We arrived at 6.30 and had a lovely evening, suitably dressed (important!).
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • lizzie
    Lichfield, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Massively overpriced light trail!
    2 adults and 4 little ones and it cost £95! I was expecting it to be sensational but honestly it was underwhelming and far too busy to have time to enjoy it. The marshmallows should have been included in the price to make up for it. The car park was dangerously dark and didn’t really have much organisation. I love the botanical gardens - I even had my wedding reception here but this was disappointing.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2022
  • Mrs A.S
    5 contributions
    Not bad overall, but could be much better
    So we went to Luminate Birmingham on Dec 27th, and overall it was ok. There were some lovely aspects such as the talking tree and fairy hologram, and the lights were generally pretty. Some of the set-ups were very nice, but I did feel that for £19.50 each (no concessions) it was a tad expensive. We had one disabled and one over 66 in the party, so I would have expected a bit of a discount for both, but none was available. The best bits were the light tunnel, the moon and the glitter balls with light & smoke, but considering it says there are "interactive" aspects, the only one we found was some stepping stones which change colour, but as my balance is poor I was worried I would slip as the surface was shiny, so I didn't try. Very limited on toilets and concessions on the way round (hot drinks/chestnuts/marshmallows etc) , and disappointingly when we came out about 8.30pm, looking forward to a hot drink, the café had closed! Very short sighted and I think very poor, when people were still coming in to start @ 8pm. Surely you could stay open until 9pm? The retail shop you had to pass on the way out was still open, so why not the café? We had just spent nearly 2 hours in the freezing cold and drizzle, so a hot drink would have been great.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 28 December 2022
  • Louise
    6 contributions
    Amazing experience
    I visited the illuminate at botanical gardens in Birmingham today December 29th 2022. I came with my 2 children age 5 and 8 and partner. We thought the illuminations was amazing. It took us 1 hour to walk around and took our time and took it all in. There was loads of lights and special effects including talking tree. Great time for all ages. One of Highlights of holidays. Only Negatives is lack of communication. Firstly car parking I rang botanical gardens today before going luckily. I was told on phone that car park is for disabled badge holders only. I could park in school next door. However if I didn’t call know this. Lastly when we arrived we waited in reception where others was waited. There was no worker at reception desk. I asked parking attendant who was walking through reception where worker was. He said have walk to back car park where entrance was. No signage and others then followed where we went. I told other people when I was leaving who done same thing waited in reception. Overall had lovely time. Things staff need work on communication which is key.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Sarah B
    3 contributions
    Disappointed with the Cafe
    The gardens were beautiful and it would be nice to return to see again in a few months when more plants and trees will be flowering. Following our walk around the gardens we thought we would treat ourselves with lunch. This was very disappointing and felt more like a canteen with pre-packed sandwiches. We ordered two tea's and jacket potatoes, one with tuna mayo and the other with baked beans. I checked with the staff member if it came with salad and the reply was yes, it was also advertised on the board. I paid and was presented with 2 cups each with a tea bag and hot water in and a jug of semi-skimmed milk, the preferred skimmed milk was UHT not fresh. Then wondering how I was going to carry it I was told where I could get a tray, this felt very much like a canteen. The jacket potatoes arrived we were very disappointed, they appeared as they had been warmed up as not crispy skins and not fluffy potato inside and also not very hot . The salad on the side was a bunch of mixed leaves without any dressing. It felt as though a bag of mixed leaves had been opened and put on the plate. I would describe this as 'mixed leaves', not a salad . No tomatoes, cucumber, onion just leaves. No dressing. We ended up getting sachets of vinegar, mayo, pepper, salt and even tartare sauce to add some flavour to the leaves. We would have enjoyed a pot of tea and crispy jacket potatoes. Both my husband I felt deflated after a lovely walk around the gardens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Helen272
    Lichfield, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Such a shame
    Visited this week . What a shame, It’s been a while since we’ve visited the gardens. Okay, it’s the wrong time of year to see an abundance of flowers, but we were both struck by how run down everywhere looked. Lawns looked unkempt. Weeds everywhere and glasshouses in dire need of renovation. The whole place looks like they’ve ignored maintenance for too long. A better experience is to go to Winterbourne Gardens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Kelly
    Birmingham, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Plus and negatives. But give it chance.
    It truly was a beautiful place. Not one area I didn't feel so connected to nature. However as much as the venue is amazing the housekeeping side is not. As a disabled toilet user I found all the disabled facilities dirty and without toilet paper. They should use radar keys stops kids going in and peeing everywhere. Also the cost usually it's great less that 10 pound per adult. But the events bump up the prices that are non negotiable even if you are not taking part. when I went today with my husband we paid extra because of a dinosaur experience that we could not do as adults they were puppets but the staff were only allowing children to engage with the puppets so if that's the case why charge extra for adult tickets, why not just double child tickets instead. Also it's not well sign posted. So I rated them 3 stars. I will give them a chance and try again on a non event day. Hopefully be worth the expense then.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,982 contributions
    tree mendous
    car park a bit small but we got a space. paid entry fee and in we went. looked at some interesting indoor plants went out into gardens. looked at birds in aviary and then onto the small butterfly bit. info on plants and trees all the way round and lots of memorials that i think you can buy if want one. this is not a huge place and can be walked round fairly quickly but it's good to take time and examine whats there and read the info cards i would recommend bringing a picnic on a nice day in order to spend a little more time there and there is a play area for kids too. it's nice. being out of town i wouldn't return as i've now seen it and it's not that amazing i would want to return. i do appreciate the hard work put in by the team who work here to keep it in such good shape. can't be easy....... a nice place close to city centre.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Voyager_Nineteen71
    Pune, India562 contributions
    Nice garden
    We went to the garden in the afternoon and it was a good visit. It starts off with a section that houses different plants in different climatic conditions. Quite nice if one hasn't been to other parts of the world. Thereafter there is a restaurant, a large garden, and further down, an aviary. There are not too many birds. Further down there is a butterfly garden where one can enter and see the butterflies at close range. I must say though that while there are different colored butterflies, the variety is definitely lesser than what one could see at the Singapore butterfly centre.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Victoria F
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Some amazing plants and trees
    Gardens are lovely with some spectacular trees. There's an alpine area, ferns, cacti, tropical house to name a few. The aviary is closed but you can see the birds flying around. It's a lovely way to spend half a day. The cafe is good value and you can sit outside. Payment is by card only. For the cafe, the entrance fee may be card only as well. I had trouble reading some of the information boards as they've faded in the light. If you come by tram (and a tourist), you'll need Google maps (or equivalent) so allow around 15 mins walk to get to the gardens, I ended up going through a car park and the university grounds! There's plenty of seating around the grounds to shelter from the sun or enjoy the view.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 August 2023
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SarahM
Solihull, UK209 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We booked the Luminate for our grandkids, I was convinced it was a Peter Pan theme hence a little disappointed, having said that the lights were amazing, the gardens were well organised but feel it was rather expensive for a very short trip, also there are no bins around the gardens, have mentioned this before when we have visited during summer months, people should not have to carry there rubbish around until you get to the exit.
Written 3 December 2023
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katiefox
Wollaston, UK40 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Luminate Light Trail. An underwhelming and mediocre light trail/show, which felt rather amateur. There were a few shacks at the beginning selling mulled wine and pizza. The online payment system didn’t work so it was cash only. Half way round there was more mulled wine and marshmallows for sale. There were a few interesting and dramatic pieces but it was mostly fairly uninspiring pretty lights. Very overpriced at £21.50 a head. It compares very badly with light trails we have visited at Kew and Compton Verney, for example.
Written 2 December 2023
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Mick L
Knaresborough, UK43 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
It really didn't take us very long to look around and there really wasn't much to see (in November - they could have planted for Autumn colours, for example). Not badly kept but all looking a bit tired. I'd not put it in one of my top places to visit, but is walkable from the uni (if you're visiting students, as we were).
Written 12 November 2023
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Yasmin
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
Oct 2023
This was botanical gardens first scare experience and it was truly amazing.
If you aren't a fan of slasher, fun light hearted scare experiences then it's not for you.

I am a huge fan of scare experiences and we have travelled to many but this one had the best actors, best makeup, best costumes and all round Halloween experience in the dark walking in nature. When it was dark you truly couldn't see anything which made the jump scares perfect.
It ended with a performance and my partner isn't usually a fan of theatre but the acting was so good and the makeup was amazing! Even my partner was really impressed and really enjoyed it haha! Thankyou to a lady called Ruth I think who was running the event. We really hope there are more events for Halloween in future because we would love to see what is instore next! I don't even have the best pictures to show really how good the event was.
Written 9 November 2023
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Penny T
5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We came to see the scare trail and it was easily the most amazing one we have ever done!! Just brilliant! We do lots of these but this was unique and tops them all!
Written 1 November 2023
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LORIAN65
Birmingham, UK586 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
They use a company called luminate ,if your a disabled adult they discriminate and its shameful as no discount for people with hidden disabilities!if you don't have a carere tough,no discount end off,in this day and age where adults are vulnerable it's shocking
Written 31 October 2023
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Simon D
Birmingham, UK53 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The most awful event ever ,the walk through was literally 5/10 minutes,about 3/4 pathetic people just coming out of a few bushes .
Went to the end and thought we had completed a wrong turn ,so we went around again ,guess what it wasn’t a wrong turn.
It had no smoke ,no atmosphere ,no haze or smoke effects ,it says 45 minute to walk around totally false advertisement .
Then into the bar. A pint of corona extra and a small coke £9.20 ,total rip off .
Made us wait around 3/4 of an hour , led into a tiny theatre . Then we saw the most confusing performance,actors were good ,but nothing scary or jumpy ,it was a total waste of time .
We are definitely requested a refund .
We spoke to other people ,same reaction If you want to be totally disappointed go there .
There will be no one that will enjoy this experience
Written 28 October 2023
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Emily V
Manchester, UK79 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Enjoyable place to visit.
Large to explore abs walk around, we enjoyed the birds the most. Good for the price and spent a few hours there
Written 17 October 2023
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Pritesh M
Leamington Spa, UK752 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
XMAS LIGHT VISIT rather than the actual site..

We came here for the Xmas light show, having been to the Warwick light show the year before. It was a lovely experience, and the route provided was good, but I didn't feel the "wow" factor. It was enjoyable, we did have fun but the staff (although professional) didn't inspire the visit.

I probably wouldn't come for the light show again, but if the opportunity arose to visit the gardens, with the family, then I could be interested. Let's see what happens over time.
Written 5 October 2023
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Julie M
Combe Martin, UK35 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Very disappointed as it was so run down. Also had trouble finding a lot of the areas on the map. Children's playground looked good. Only £6.50 for seniors.
Written 22 September 2023
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