Real Jardín Botánico
Real Jardín Botánico
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Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
How to get there
  • Atocha • 5 min walk
  • Antón Martín • 8 min walk
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  • Travelaround59
    London, United Kingdom2,027 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    We loved our slow wonder around the Botanical Gardens. We met old “friends” and began acquainted with new ones. Pity that we missed the roses and the peonies and the irises flowering and we were early for the agapanthus nonetheless we did have a wonderful time…this should be done everyday at the end of sightseeing just to get out of the bustle of the city!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Gina and Andy A
    9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for a spring visit
    This garden should be visited in the spring. We visited in a hot June day and not much was in bloom. The Bonsai exhibit is exceptional and the cafe was nice and cool. It is conveniently located right next to the Prada and the admission is reasonable.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington563 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special garden.
    This is a tough one to evaluate. So much of this depends on the time of the year. We needed some downtime after being amongst the masses of the Prado and 4 euros was a relatively small price to pay for some piece a quiet. Given that we visited in November, very little was in bloom. The water features were also turned off. Therefore your experience will be related to when you are visiting and when the plants will be in full bloom. But nonetheless we likes just walking around relaxing before we headed to the next museum. This is no Versailles by a long shot but a heck of a better than my backyard. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • TheMemorialGround
    Bristol, United Kingdom234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Elusive Gardens of Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid
    Having danced around our Madrid wishlist for what seemed like an eternity, the Real Jardín Botánico stood as a verdant beacon of horticultural hope on our latest escapade to Spain's vibrant capital. Its siren call of botanical beauty and serene landscapes had us practically skipping to its gates, eager to immerse ourselves in its famed flora. Alas, upon arrival, our green-fingered dreams were momentarily pruned by the sight of a queue snaking its way around the garden's entrance, a testament to its popularity but a hurdle to our plans. The wait? A daunting 45 minutes, a period in which we could almost feel the plants grow but sadly, saw our schedule wilt. In a city brimming with sights, sounds, and tapas begging to be explored, we made the difficult decision to let the Real Jardín Botánico remain a mystery for a little longer, a leaf unturned in our Madrid story. It was a reminder that even the best-laid plans can encounter unexpected frost. However, let it not be said that we give up easily! The seed has been planted, and our resolve to visit these lush gardens has only been fertilized by our brief encounter. Next time, we plan to arm ourselves with advance tickets, hopeful for a fast-track option that will whisk us past the queues and straight into the heart of this botanical haven. So, to fellow travellers with a penchant for nature's wonders, consider this a tip as golden as autumn leaves in the sun: book ahead and aim for that quicker access. The Real Jardín Botánico remains on our wishlist, a verdant vision awaiting our return. Madrid, we shall be back, and your botanical treasure will be first on our list, queue or no queue!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2024
  • David_W255093
    Adelaide, Australia69 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs some loving care
    After a visit to the Prado Museum we saw another long queue at the garden entrance and as avid gardeners we thought it might be worth seeing. As seniors we paid one euro each admission which turned out to be lucky for us oldies but no so good for those paying the normal charge of 4 euros. After viewing some spectacular displays of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies, all of which were a short distance from the entrance, we ventured further into the garden, which was very large and the general standard of display and the condition of the plants deteriorated markedly. The English Box hedges bordering the garden beds were in really bad shape probably still suffering after summer and many appeared to be ravaged by disease. Many beds were empty or invaded by weeds. If this garden is to flourish then it needs some urgent action. Such a shame it has come to this.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
  • MicheleS1001
    Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much to see!
    As another reviewer noted it’s a beautiful layout and location. However once the tulips die there will be very little to see. Only about 5% of the gardens are actually planted with flowers which are by the entrance way. Not worth 4 euros but we paid an extra 2 euros to see the botanical art display which was surprising good. We learnt a lot about early women botanists and their drawings. That part was done very well.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
  • rsbdesign
    Carmichael, California68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Oasis
    This garden is so beautiful. We visited when the tulips were about spent, the irises were in full bloom and the roses were budding. The garden is planned so that something is usually in bloom, so there's always something beautiful. We visited on a Monday and the garden was almost empty aside from a couple of student groups. The garden located next to the South entrance of the Prado. Admission is very reasonable and for people over 65, admission to the garden only is one euro. If you want to enter the pavilion or a special exhibit, the admission is 3 euros. There are benches around the gardens for sitting and admiring the beauty.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
  • Adry V. K. M.
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a breath in this oasis in the middle of the City
    The garden is lovely, it looks well take care of, and we saw a lot of people working in it. Nice place when the heat is getting on your nerves. The perfume is subtil but present, the flowers are very nice and they have a section for herbal spices.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
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Adry V. K. M.
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The garden is lovely, it looks well take care of, and we saw a lot of people working in it. Nice place when the heat is getting on your nerves. The perfume is subtil but present, the flowers are very nice and they have a section for herbal spices.
Written 15 May 2024
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VirginiaGal
Arlington, VA270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
In May the peonies, irises and roses were blooming. Unfortunately the cafe & shop were closed, which was unclear to us before we paid to get in. Impressive cacti. Nice pond with ducks and other birds.
Written 12 May 2024
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rsbdesign
Carmichael, CA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This garden is so beautiful. We visited when the tulips were about spent, the irises were in full bloom and the roses were budding. The garden is planned so that something is usually in bloom, so there's always something beautiful. We visited on a Monday and the garden was almost empty aside from a couple of student groups. The garden located next to the South entrance of the Prado. Admission is very reasonable and for people over 65, admission to the garden only is one euro. If you want to enter the pavilion or a special exhibit, the admission is 3 euros. There are benches around the gardens for sitting and admiring the beauty.
Written 3 May 2024
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fisupeksu
Leppajarvi, Finland418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great green area and gardens. We like a lot about the multiple trees and cactus areas a lot. Surprisingly nice bonsai terrace was worth to see.
Written 29 April 2024
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MicheleS1001
Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As another reviewer noted it’s a beautiful layout and location. However once the tulips die there will be very little to see. Only about 5% of the gardens are actually planted with flowers which are by the entrance way. Not worth 4 euros but we paid an extra 2 euros to see the botanical art display which was surprising good. We learnt a lot about early women botanists and their drawings. That part was done very well.
Written 6 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David_W255093
Adelaide, Australia69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
After a visit to the Prado Museum we saw another long queue at the garden entrance and as avid gardeners we thought it might be worth seeing. As seniors we paid one euro each admission which turned out to be lucky for us oldies but no so good for those paying the normal charge of 4 euros. After viewing some spectacular displays of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies, all of which were a short distance from the entrance, we ventured further into the garden, which was very large and the general standard of display and the condition of the plants deteriorated markedly. The English Box hedges bordering the garden beds were in really bad shape probably still suffering after summer and many appeared to be ravaged by disease. Many beds were empty or invaded by weeds. If this garden is to flourish then it needs some urgent action. Such a shame it has come to this.
Written 26 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TheMemorialGround
Bristol, UK234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Having danced around our Madrid wishlist for what seemed like an eternity, the Real Jardín Botánico stood as a verdant beacon of horticultural hope on our latest escapade to Spain's vibrant capital. Its siren call of botanical beauty and serene landscapes had us practically skipping to its gates, eager to immerse ourselves in its famed flora.

Alas, upon arrival, our green-fingered dreams were momentarily pruned by the sight of a queue snaking its way around the garden's entrance, a testament to its popularity but a hurdle to our plans. The wait? A daunting 45 minutes, a period in which we could almost feel the plants grow but sadly, saw our schedule wilt.

In a city brimming with sights, sounds, and tapas begging to be explored, we made the difficult decision to let the Real Jardín Botánico remain a mystery for a little longer, a leaf unturned in our Madrid story. It was a reminder that even the best-laid plans can encounter unexpected frost.

However, let it not be said that we give up easily! The seed has been planted, and our resolve to visit these lush gardens has only been fertilized by our brief encounter. Next time, we plan to arm ourselves with advance tickets, hopeful for a fast-track option that will whisk us past the queues and straight into the heart of this botanical haven.

So, to fellow travellers with a penchant for nature's wonders, consider this a tip as golden as autumn leaves in the sun: book ahead and aim for that quicker access. The Real Jardín Botánico remains on our wishlist, a verdant vision awaiting our return. Madrid, we shall be back, and your botanical treasure will be first on our list, queue or no queue!
Written 17 March 2024
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Erin T
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Highly recommend for students as it's only €1. We went in December so obviously most plants were out of season but the gardens were still pretty to walk around and enjoy.
Written 9 December 2023
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Gratefultravels5
Australia257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Feels a bit neglected. No fountains working. Not allowed to walk on the grass. Ok the walking avenues are pretty but not worth 4 euro entry when El Retiro is free…
Written 22 November 2023
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA563 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a tough one to evaluate. So much of this depends on the time of the year. We needed some downtime after being amongst the masses of the Prado and 4 euros was a relatively small price to pay for some piece a quiet. Given that we visited in November, very little was in bloom. The water features were also turned off. Therefore your experience will be related to when you are visiting and when the plants will be in full bloom. But nonetheless we likes just walking around relaxing before we headed to the next museum. This is no Versailles by a long shot but a heck of a better than my backyard. Enjoy.
Written 1 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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