Top Five: Botanical Gardens to Visit in the UK
With weather currently as lovely as it is, it's time to take advantage of these longer, sunnier days. To help you, In Clover has compiled a list of some of our favourite Botanic Gardens. From cafes, to entry fees and Instagram opportunities we've got you covered.
Chelsea Physic Garden
This one is on the smaller side, but makes for a lovely relaxing afternoon in West London. There are a few greenhouses on the property that are full of cacti, succulents and ferns. There is a cafe that you will need to book in advance but feel free to pack a picnic of your own and sit under the shade of a tree instead. It's a glorious place to nap. The garden also offers free tours every hour that anyone can join, they last just under an hour and are very informative.
Entry Fee: Adults £9.50 Children under fifteen £6.25
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
When visiting a new city you always aim to see as much as possible. That of course can lead to a lot of hectic days. A botanic garden almost forces you to slow down and reflect on what you've done so far. It doesn't hurt that the entry fee to the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is free. If you don't mind paying a small entry fee into their greenhouses, you'll also have some great Instagram opportunities in there!
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
This forty acre plot of land is a Grade II listed heritage garden located in the centre of Cambridge. This garden is geared more towards families with young children, holding an array of events this summer events such as Butterflies & Moths, Bats at the Botanic Gardens and even a family Nature Yoga event!
Entry Fee: Adults £5 Children under sixteen FREE
Oxford Botanic Garden
Not only is this a botanic garden but it's also an Arboretum and holds some of the oldest Red Woods in the UK. With things to see all year round, there's never a bad time to visit the Oxford Botanic Garden. Located in the heart of Oxford city it makes it easy to include in your day trip.
Entry Fee: Adults £5.45 Children under sixteen FREE
We can't compile a list of the UK's best botanic gardens without including the most impressive one of all. Kew Gardens is over three hundred acres with more than 30,000 species on display. The site was originally opened in 1759 and is still going strong with over 1.35 million visitors a year. Not only do they have beautiful greenhouses that you'll what to stay in and photograph forever they also have an array of events and exhibits that can easily be a day long visit.
Entry Fee: Adults £17 Children four through sixteen £5 Children under four FREE