The Gardens open at 7am and from 1 April 2023 the Gardens will be closed by 8pm with last entry at 7.30pm. The Gardens are locked after this time.
The Tea Room at the Botanic Gardens is open daily from 11am-5pm. Last orders for food are at 4pm, with last orders for coffee and cake at 4.30pm. See the Tea Room menu here [498kb]
The Glasshouses (Main Range and Kibble Palace) are open from 10am until last entry 6pm.(Lock 6.15)
The Public Toilets are open from 10am.
Free Entry to Gardens and Glasshouses
We would love to welcome you to Glasgow Botanic Gardens. There is so much to see and a lot to learn here. We are very interested in plants and exploring the fascinating ways that they grow and how they affect our planet. Life on Earth cannot survive without plants and botanic gardens have a leading role to play in focusing on the importance of saving our World through protecting, and valuing plants and their habitats across the globe. The destruction of plant habitats on a large scale had led to climate change and by exploring the plants growing here you will begin to have an appreciation of the vast diversity of plant life even though we can only provide a snapshot of the massive extent of life on our planet.
Many of our visitors think on us as a park but a botanic garden is much more than a park and we would ask you to think on us as the Gardens. As a botanic garden we look after a collection of over 9000 different plants with the greatest number growing in the temperate and tropical glasshouses. Outdoors we have a growing representation of hardy trees - these are well worth exploring. In addition to our stunning Victorian glasshouses, we have over 20 hectares of landscaped grounds to explore much it along the beautiful River Kelvin.
Please talk to our staff if you have any questions. We are very happy to help our visitors to enjoy their time in the Gardens and to share with us a love and appreciation of plant life from the smallest garden plant to large tropical trees. Please take some time to explore the Gardens which are open free of charge every day of the year.
If you would like to become more involved or to support us please take time to join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. They also have an active website with lots of information about us and ongoing activities. Visitors may also make a donation to the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Any money donated this way will be used directly to support the important educational work of the Gardens.
Explore the 'A' listed Kibble Palace, named after the Victorian John Kibble who brought the glasshouse from his home at Coulport, Loch Long, to Glasgow in 1873. This architectural treasure is a curving iron and glass plant-house where temperate plants from various areas of the World are displayed. Below the small dome, near the entrance, is a popular fish pond with an Australian Soft Tree Fern growing on an island. Separate sections sit to the north and south of the entrance dome. The north transept houses a display of carnivorous plants while the south transept, which has an open multipurpose floor area, houses a collection of plants that are native to the Canary Islands.
A linking corridor leads into the huge large dome where plants from four major geographical regions of the World can be seen - Southern Africa, Australasia, Temperate Asia and South America. In the central part of the dome a large number of tree ferns from the southern hemisphere can be explored.
The grounds are open from 7.00am until dusk daily. The glasshouses and tea rooms are subject to opening times.
Glasshouses: April to September 10.00am - 6.00pm (4.15 pm in winter)
Tea Rooms: April to September 10.00am - 6.00pm (4.00 pm in winter)
Toilets: 10.00am - dusk (this varies throughout the year)