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Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens Review

In the Victorian heyday, it was not unusual to find 10,000 of Belfast's citizens strolling about here on a Saturday afternoon. These gardens are a glorious haven of grass, trees, flowers, curving walks, and wrought-iron benches, all laid out in 1827 on land that slopes down to the River Lagan. The curved-iron and glass Palm House is a conservatory marvel designed in 1839 by Charles Lanyon. The Tropical Ravine House, though not architecturally distinguished, has an outstanding collection of tropical flora, in addition to some indigenous plants (it was famously said that it once held more Killarney ferns than could be found in Killarney itself). Once known as "the Glen," the Ravine House is unusually and exotically built over a faux ravine that you walk around. Please note: At the time of writing, the Ravine House was scheduled for renovation, including reroofing during summer 2014, and is expected to be closed from May–September. Many plants will be moved to another site while the work is carried out, so if you are planning to visit you are advised to phone in advance to check access

    Contact Information

  • Address: Stranmillis Rd., University Area, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT9 5AB | Map It
  • Phone: 028/9031–4762
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Gardens daily dawn–dusk; Palm House and Tropical Ravine House Apr.–Sept., weekdays 10–5, weekends 1–5; Oct.–Mar., weekdays 10–4, weekends 1–4
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  • Location: Belfast
Updated: 04-10-2013

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