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  • 5.0 star rating
    18/6/2012

    The venue for my year 13 leaving ball, the Botanical Gardens proved to be a very capable location for such an event, with every single person enjoying themselves that evening.

    The staff in the hall provided to us were more than welcoming and despite the fact that a fairly large wedding reception was taking place on the same grounds, they were extremely accommodating.

    The  grounds themselves were picturesque for such a evening, with countless pictures taken using the gardens as a perfect setting.

    Overall, the evening was more than pleasant, with the staff contributing to that immensely, in a night that will stay in hundreds of peoples memories for a long time.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/5/2012

    The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a delightful grounds full of horticultural wonders from far-flung corner of the world - it provides the most glorious day out.

    I have visited the Botanical Gardens many times, and every time it is a joy. As you walk enter the palpable humidity of the first tropics room, with the dark pond full of enormous, luminous fish as the central feature. You stumble across cocoa, banana, papaya trees and more. The green hill that awaits you outside I'm sure has been the hill to assist many a gambol since it's inception (perhaps not in Britain's distinguished imperial era though). The curves of the hill descend to the band stand, where they often have ambient music (weather permitting) that makes the whole experience even more charming.

    There's a cafe, a playground, a large bird house and many more gardens to enjoy, including the Japanese Bonsai garden, the Mediterranean house and more.

    Birmingham's Botanical Gardens is a glorious and resplendent establishment that presents a wholly special and unique experience.

    • Simone R.
    • The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
    4.0 star rating
    24/5/2012
    First to Review

    As every big city, Birmingham has its Botanical Gardens as well. Located in Edgbaston, this site was projected in 1829, but just in 1932 it was opened for the public.

    The importance of this site to the city is expressed not just in the over 7.000 plants that are encountered there but also for its gorgeous facilities that includes a wonderful Pavilion Tea Room and The Grasshouses.

    In fact, experiencing The Grasshouses for the first time brought me back to my origins. The Brazilian planted seen there at the Tropical House are something to take for granted. It is quite scary to imagine that a Pará Rubber tree, for example, is something very rare.

    Yet in the The Grasshouses, the collection of orchids from the Subtropical House is something to admire calmly, as well as the carnivore plants.  

    The Japanese garden together with the animals and gardens and other events presented at this extraordinary site make me believe that the Birmingham Botanical Garden worth more than one single visiting.

    The adult ticket costs £ 7, children over 5 years £ 4.75 with free admission to kids under 5 years old.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/5/2012

    I love the Botanical Gardens!  I once organised a group trip there for a group of teenagers with SEN.  The staff were incredibly helpful, and provided us with our own space to have lunch as well as maps of the space too - their website also has example routes, and a raft of downloadable resources including risk assessments!  So helpful!  

    Before the visit, I talked at length with staff about where would be best to explore (we were looking at 'sensory' outdoor spaces) and narrowed it down to a quick browse of the Discovery Garden followed by their Growing Schools Garden (designed by a TV garden designer!) and they loved it ALL.  The range of plants and sculptural forms and architecture and winding paths captivated their imaginations and helped keep them engaged throughout.

    • Qype User Jack…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 5 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/1/2008

    If you live in the local area, it is well worth getting a season ticket/family pass for the year at the Botanics, as it works out much cheaper than individuakl day tickets, that can be a bit pricey. But if you make the day out of it, there's plenty to do. There is an indoor botanics area as well as the expanse of outdoor beauty around the whole centre. Monkeys and budgees are there too, and you can spend hours walking around, with plenty to see in individual glass houses.
    There's a great adventure play area to keep the kids occupied, and the gardens are always immaculate, maintainance really is first class, closely clipped lawns and beatifully nutured plants.
    The cafe serves a great (but slightly pricey) lunch, and theres even a gift shop to top the day off!
    Great day out for all ages, and well worth visiting!

    • Qype User Lizi…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 7 friends
    • 81 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    The Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit if you have a few hours to spare on an afternoon or maybe more! It has a host of unusual plants within the glasshouses and even more gardens to walk around in the surrounding area. They do weddings receptions and parties there if you wanted to do something a bit different.

    I go there fairly often myself to put my photography skills to the test.

    • Qype User prince…
    • Bilston, West Midlands
    • 6 friends
    • 209 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    When living in halls of residence at university, i used to be able to see the botanical gardens from my window, granted it was a distant view but a view nonetheless!
    That sparked off by curiosity to go and see what the gardens were, and i have never regretted it.
    It is perfect to go and revise, or have a picnic after looking round all the plants.
    the greatest part of the experience are the open air plays and concerts.

    • Qype User rach_8…
    • Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 60 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    I'm always quite fascinated when I vist the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. I think the whole place is very tasteful - so it's easy to see why people choose it as a wedding venue.

    I've been here as a visitor and have also attended a dinner here a couple of years ago, which was lovely. The staff who work here made the event perfect, and we were welcome to wonder fully around the gardens 'out of hours' which was a fabulous experience.

    The Botanical Gardens are about 10 minutes out of Birmingham city centre on a major bus route. There is also a decent sized car park.

    I've never experienced the place to be too busy which is great, or too expensive which is even better!

    I'd recommend visiting here as something relaxing to do in the city.

    • Qype User gabz1…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 144 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/1/2009

    This is a lovely place to visit, the Botanical Gardens. There is a large variety of both plants and animals. The gardens are absolutely amazing with all the beautiful flowers and vibrant colours. Good on all types of days but especially in the sunny months.
    You are able to book for special occasions such as weddings and it provides the perfect scenery and atmosphere for both the day and the photos.

    • Qype User Riobab…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/11/2007

    What a truly glorious Oasis in the heart of the city. When the forecast is good, pack up the family and take them here. There's acre upon acre of beautiful gardens. Glasshouses choc full of plants and trees. A wonderful old style bandstand stands proud on the main lawn. The children will love the play area. Fantastic place to take a picnic basket full of goodies.
    Finally don't forget to check out the Gallery, with its changing exhibits... you may even leave with a masterpiece!

    • Qype User Zenit…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 25 friends
    • 75 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/9/2008

    Entry is fairly cheap and concessions are available. Great for a relaxing day out. There are some beautiful exotic flowers to be seen. For the kids (and big kids) there is a playground with swings, slides etc. A nice place to have a picnic as the food can be slightly expensive. You can get buses from the city centre to the place.

    • Qype User nomis…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 108 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/10/2007

    This is a very nice place to visit and see a variety of wildlife including different species of plants and animals. It's also a good place to go for a photo shoot after a wedding as the beautiful flowers in the gardens make a lovely back drop for any picture. However, like any park, you visit risks being ruined if the great Bristish weather suddenly changes for the worse, other than that, its a great place to go especially for fresh air for people who live in the crowded inner city.

    • Qype User wanna_…
    • Leicester
    • 5 friends
    • 172 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    5/4/2012

    Beautiful gardens full of various plants and very well landscaped. Some areas did seem to need a bit more care. Little cute cat that belongs to the gardens seemed a bit poorly. Sweet touch though.

    • Qype User shenh…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 20 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/12/2007

    Birmingham botanical Garden & Glasshouse keep the finest collection of plants in Midlands. Four glasshouses contain a wide range of exotic and economic flora. You can explore the aviaries, gallery , gift shop, plant centre, adventure playground and a children's discovery garden. I believe this is a good chance to be close to the nature!

    • Qype User SarahH…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 17 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/11/2011

    A fabulous day out to rejuvinate after a busy week in the city. Lovely gardens and plants but you don't have to travel miles and miles to enjoy it! Would definately recommend a visit and would definately take my camera next time!

    • Qype User kitten…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 3 friends
    • 88 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/5/2009

    it houses a galery that has different exhibitons in it. i went when a textile one was on and it was well worth a look. we went as 2 adults and it cost us £15.00 and we stayed 3 hours but could of stayed longer if wether was warmer. will revisit in summer. it houses lots of different glass houses the medditereanen and subtropical were the best.

    • Qype User going4…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 7 friends
    • 11 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/9/2008

    This a great indoor and outdoor venue. Beautiful outdoor gardens for all ages to enjoy. There are a number of themed gardens including a sensory and cottage garden as well as bandstand and pavillion with some beautiful tropical and local birds as well as peacocks roaming free. There are also a number of indoor gardens including a tropical house and arrid house amongst many. The outdoor gardens are great for taking picnics or sunbathing as the lawns are beautifully manicured and as there are only guide dogs allowed you are not likely to get a wet face from some unrully pooch while getting some shut eye. There is also a childrens garden and a fabulous play area which my kids love. Swings, Slide (being repaired at mo) roundabout and beautiful wooden climbing equipment. The kids never want to leave! The indoor gardens are fascinating and very well maintained as well as educational. There is also a gallery usually displaying local artists which gets changed every season. The shop is reasonably priced and great for informative books about gardening and all things horticultural. There is also a restaurant which is fairly expensive and bland but does do great hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. They do lots of events for all to attend and there is a discount for members. Entry is free for members but anyone can roll up and go in. They also have a study centre which does childrens activities for kids as well as adults. The teddy bears picnic is great in the summer. You can also have xmas parties or other events here as they have some beautiful confrence and events rooms for hire and the gardens are a great back drop for photos for eg weddings etc. Parking is easier in the cooler months but we use it all year round and love it. All in all a great day out for everyone i would thoroughly recomend it.

    • Qype User Dancin…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 49 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    Botanical Gardens is a great place for families in Birmingham. We have membership now because it is great to just pop in for an hour or so whether the weather is good and now that my eldest has started school I imagine it will become a life saver in the summer holidays. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and the sense of space for the kids to just run around, roll down the hill etc is fantastic. The kids area is good although the disappearance of the very high slide is a bit of disappointment for kids over 4 (although for younger kids I always felt nervous of it, perhaps why it disappeared?). The childrens discovery garden is very sweet as well. The only down side is the queues in the cafe and the menu, which I think could be more interesting than it is. However, they are so happy for people to bring picnics that it doesn't bother me too much. I don't think a picnic at Botanical Gardens on a summer's day can be beaten!

    • Qype User cheryl…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 51 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    I have a membership here. Its about £6 for a day visit so you want to make the most of it, but with an annual pass you can just pop in for a walk now and then. You can take a picinic and in summer there is live music on Sundays. They have loads of events there, craft fairs, teddy bears picnic etc. They hold events like weddings, balls etc. The food is good at the events but there tea room is absolute rubbish so take a picinic. The shop is ok and plants are godo value. They regularly have art exhibitions inside and out. They have courses in daytime and evenings, and on off workshop days in arts/craft and gardening usually. They have indoor greenhouse areas. Theyhave parrots and other birds. The kids play park is really good for babies upto 15yrs. You can watch the tennis at the Edgbaston lawn tennis and archery club from their too. There a new garden area with all interactive things for adults and kids too. I really like it, although when I have been to other botanical gardens (bicton for example) it doesnt look so good, but its a nice haven.

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