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Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

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Address: Westbourne Road | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR, England
Phone Number: +44 121 454 1860
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Fifteen acres of glorious landscaped gardens with over 7000 plants, shrubs...

Fifteen acres of glorious landscaped gardens with over 7000 plants, shrubs and trees - and a new Butterfly House. Close to Birmingham city centre, this hidden tranquil setting also has four glasshouses taking the visitor from the hot steamy heat of the Tropical rainforest with its rich vegetation, through to the Sub-Tropical House with its stunning palms and tree ferns. The visitor moves through to the Mediterranean House, with its citrus plants and bright conservatory-type blooms - and finally to the stark contrast of the Arid House with desert climate and stunning cacti.

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Disappointing magic lanterns

We visited on a very quiet Sunday evening, we couldn't get in until 8pm, as we had special lower priced tickets. There were a few food stalls inside and out, but some were closing... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
cliffty418
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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a lovely night out for the family. The displays were unbelievable. It was such a lovely thing to do around Christmas. Parking was a bit of a nightmare and the roads around the Botanical Gardens were gridlocked. So forward planning is needed but disabled parking is available in the grounds itself. Food was a little pricey but you expect... More 

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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a very quiet Sunday evening, we couldn't get in until 8pm, as we had special lower priced tickets. There were a few food stalls inside and out, but some were closing up at this time, which considering it is advertised as being open until 22.30, was awful. The lanterns themselves were very beautiful, however there weren't really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the botanical gardens for the lantern festivals, the group ranged in age from 1 to 61. The children thought it was a magical experience, the only downside was that if you had a buggy or wheelchair in your group the views were restricted as it was so busy and many parts got bottle-necked. I would recommend if... More 

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Thank Elizabeth O
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I expected much better from the magic lanterns especially for what the charge, headache with parking and walking through....I wouldnt come even if the ticket was for free... Not reccomended at all. Better and easily to see.them at home fromt a pc

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Thank SicilianFlavours
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the lantern festival earlier this week. It is spectacular, the effort that has gone into exhibit is astounding. My hubby and I were taken back to childhood. The food available to buy is reasonably priced. There's a lovely crepe vintage van with a lovely mother&isoniazid team who provided superb crepes much larger,tastier&salsa cheaper than birminghams German market. This... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The two of us came to see the Magical Lanterns, was really beautiful and made us feel very festive. Lots of stalls around selling snacks and drinks, we didn't buy anything so can't really comment, but noticed some of the prices and seemed expensive - probably what you'd expect for this type of event. The gardens weren't too busy, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing evening had by all! It was so beautiful and magical. The food stalls through out the gardens, where a great addition. Hot chocolate was well needed on the cold night walk. Staff where friendly and attentive. Recommend

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here the other night for the magical lantern festival. It was really good. Have also been here for weddings and other functions. Really nice olace and worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Botanical Gardens last Sunday night to see the Chinese Lantern and lights display. Thought it might be a bit naff, with just a few leftovers from Blackpool or Walsall Illuminations. But it was FANTASTIC and very beautiful. The skill which has gone into making all the exhibits by hand, made from wire framework covered with coloured silk, is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my younger sister visited the Magical Lantern festival and thought it was stunning! It took about two hours to walk around the trail with plenty of things to look at. Fully recommended.

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Birmingham

WEDNESDAY EVENING

 

My partner and I have been visiting Botanical Gardens for many years and are

members. Recently my partner who is in receipt of treatment for vision

problems at the City Hospital, simply popped in to the Botanical gardens for

a brief visit (he has, in fact, recently retired (for health reasons).

Unfortunately he forgot on this ONE occasion to register in your machine his

car's registration number and as a result has now received today a fine from

the company you have contracted the car parking out to, of £60 - which will

increase I understand if he does not pay the fine promptly.

 

I feel quite angry about this on my partners behalf.

 

Given that we are long standing supporters of your gardens and that this was

the sole occasion he simply forgot, and that indeed HE IS ALREADY A MEMBER

(and no doubt partly because of his preoccupation with his health problems-)

we request that your senior manager seeks on his behalf to liaise with your

car parking organisation and 'waives' this 'fine' immediately. We have never

approved of this new arrangement for members though we have complied. It

seems to be a means to abnegate your responsibility for the parking issues

and only complicates the resolution of this kind of error on the part of

your/visitors/members AND creates ill feeling all round.

 

We will probably visit you tomorrow morning and would ask that you seek to

represent my partner and get the fine waived without fuss and promptly so as

not to cause any more stress to my partner than has already been occasioned.

 

Presently we feel very let down, and this is very unjust. We are also

concerned that this might be happening to others who similarly occasionally

are forgetful and have then the hassle of seeking redress from your

contracted-out car parking 'corporation.'

 

Thank you. He is a paid up member of Botanical

Gardens. You can check this). I am determined that my partner will not be

required to pay what is essentially your instituted fine.

7 months ago
Carlisle, United Kingdom
5 months ago

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