Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
4.5
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Queen's Quarter
How to get there
  • Botanic • 9 min walk
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  • hillfieldjp
    Gloucester, United Kingdom228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely walk with plenty of interesting plants
    We spent about an hour walking round the botanic gardens. We went through the restored ravine but were disappointed that it was not possible to go through it on the ground level and only from above. This limited the experience. The palm house was lovely too and a few more plant labels would have been good as a botanic garden is designed to instruct as well as be there for pleasure. Well done to the City Council and for investing in keeping this Percival space looking so good over all. So many councils have given up with their public gardens and it was great to see so many people enjoying the gardens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom7,658 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine - I can't believe they are free to visit!
    These gardens are a green oasis in the city. Located next to the University and a 20 minute walk from the city centre, or else easily accessible as a stop on the touristy Red Bus Tour (recommended and reviewed separately). Highlights are the Palm House, the Tropical Ravine and the rose garden. I took sooo many photos inside the 2 huge green houses, then we lucked out as the rose garden was still blooming in early July too. When we visited there was a ferris wheel and a drink stand selling frozen slushies, very tasty and it was lovely to sit on the grassy hill and relax for a while in the sunshine. Expect to spend upto 2 hours having a leisurely stroll around the gardens and exploring the 2 large greenhouses. Entrance is free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great community resource
    What a spectacular natural wonder adjacent to the Queen's University Belfast, with the Ulster Museum out front. This has greenhouses for the Temperate Zone, and Tropical Zone, the Palm House Conservatory. The Ferris wheel, ice cream stand, kid friendly grass. Even a redwood tree. Our lodging was in the Queen's Quarter and we visited three different times.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Marianne H
    Oslo, Norway3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the rose garden!
    The park: Ok. The palm house: Good, but a little chaotic with many of the same plants. BUT the rose garden was fabulous! Didn't look so great from a distance, but when I started wandering around I found the most amazing, lovely roses of all shapes and colous. So wonderful!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Jane - BJ
    Newry, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Belfast gem worth visiting
    Spent Tuesday afternoon on a tour of Botanic gardens with an extremely knowledgeable guide called Aidan. He gave an overview of the history of Botanic Gardens before describing the origins and background of many of the plants in the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. There are some amazing plants in both areas and it was definitely worthwhile having such a well informed guide to provide information and answer any questions, The beds outside the Palm house were an array of colours, there is also a Ferris wheel on site so something for all the family to enjoy. I would recommend a visit to the Gardens and if you decide on having a tour ask for Aidan.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Leanne B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banana plants in bloom!
    Fantastic scenery. Went with my husband mainly so we could see the tropical plant house! We are on our honeymoon from Scotland and this has been one of our highlights. The banana banana plants were producing fruit and this was an amazing sight to see. The rare purple banana plant was flowering with purple bananas. This is a very rare occurrence so I'd definitely recommend you go as soon as possible if you're reading this, so you can witness the fruits. Unfortunately I cannot upload my photos of it from my camera as I don't have my laptop with me here in northern Ireland, like I say we are on our honeymoon from Scotland. I'm so glad we visited the botanical gardens in Belfast, well worth a visit! Cannot believe this experience was entirely free and so enjoyable. We followed up this beautiful experience with a visit to the adjacent Ulster museum...a MUST for any tourist visiting Belfast. The staff within the botanical gardens are very knowledgeable and we were very impressed by their welcome and friendliness. Thank you! Leanne and Andrew Brooks. 07.09.2023
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Bree L
    London, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place for plant enthusiasts!
    These were great! Much better than I was expecting in NI. It’s very immersive and you can get up close and personal and really see everything. The greenhouse itself adds to the scenery. Amazing to go at sunset! The light is amazing. would totally recommend :)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Heathsr11
    141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you’re in the area
    This is situated next to Ulster Museum and is free to enter. It was a nice visit and worth doing if you’re in the area. The Belfast University next door is beautiful and worth taking a photo of.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Colleen
    Belfast, United Kingdom428 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great complement to the Ulster Museum — otherwise, don’t inconvenience yourself for a visit
    This is definitely a lovely place to check out if you’re in the area and/or going to the Ulster Museum as well. In fact, I highly recommend stopping by before or after a trip to the museum. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see the botanic gardens though — especially if your time in Belfast is limited and you need to pick and choose things to prioritize seeing.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 April 2024
  • CF Reviews
    Waterford, Ireland24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for walks and being around nature
    The gardens are quite large making them great for walks. Lots of open grass makes for great picnics on sunny days. Plenty of birds and squirrels running around. The centres with additional flowers and plants open at 10am.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
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Edmund M N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very enjoyable visit with friends and enjoyed the knowledge shared by helpful volunteer Aiden. He was able to provide expert information regarding the plants on view.
Written 18 June 2024
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Cameron W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Great, amazing, fabulous. This was the highlight of my trip and one of the many reasons I wanted to come to Belfast. It can be a bit of a walk from the centre but it's worth it. There's a large open space for the public with free toilets to use and things like ice creams available. The inside is short but beautiful there are so many amazing plants and statues in there. There was a rose garden but when I was visiting it looked like it was slowly filtering so I will definitely be back to visit when that is in full bloom.
Written 8 June 2024
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Wouter F
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Visiting these gardens with friends is a ritual I would gladly repeat. It was such a relief the weather was working with us, though inside it was as if we were walking on brimstone. Have to add, the tour guide was a total melter.
Written 5 June 2024
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CF Reviews
Waterford, Ireland24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The gardens are quite large making them great for walks. Lots of open grass makes for great picnics on sunny days. Plenty of birds and squirrels running around. The centres with additional flowers and plants open at 10am.
Written 25 May 2024
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Lei-Gau
611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very peaceful experience at these gardens. Such lovely displays and everything was so well put together and maintained.
Written 21 May 2024
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Amélie
Montreal, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a lovely romantic stroll through the Belfast Botanic Gardens and Queen's University grounds. The greenhouse itself is a sight to behold and many many varieties of plants to look at. Highly recommend!
Written 2 May 2024
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Jai G
Hadleigh, UK283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visit the gardens before we went to the Ulster museum. It was a nice place to see not very big. But it was nice to pop your nose in while we was in the area.
Written 25 April 2024
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Colleen
Belfast, UK428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is definitely a lovely place to check out if you’re in the area and/or going to the Ulster Museum as well. In fact, I highly recommend stopping by before or after a trip to the museum.

I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see the botanic gardens though — especially if your time in Belfast is limited and you need to pick and choose things to prioritize seeing.
Written 10 April 2024
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Heathsr11
141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is situated next to Ulster Museum and is free to enter. It was a nice visit and worth doing if you’re in the area. The Belfast University next door is beautiful and worth taking a photo of.
Written 22 February 2024
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Bree L
London, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
These were great! Much better than I was expecting in NI. It’s very immersive and you can get up close and personal and really see everything. The greenhouse itself adds to the scenery. Amazing to go at sunset! The light is amazing. would totally recommend :)
Written 30 December 2023
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