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Inverness Botanic Gardens

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Address: Bught Lane | Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SS, Scotland
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+44 1463 713553
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Opened in 1993 by Prince Edward, Inverness Botanic Gardens, formerly...

Opened in 1993 by Prince Edward, Inverness Botanic Gardens, formerly Inverness Floral Hall & Gardens, are an oasis of calm and beauty within walking distance of the city centre. With each new season the outside gardens are an explosion of colour and texture, and borders are planted to demonstrate a wide variety of plants and growing conditions. The impressive glasshouses reveal the drama of plant diversity ranging from the tropical rainforests to arid, heat scorched desert.

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Tucked away in a swimming pools car park it's easy to miss (we did initially), so glad we found it. Beautiful gardens, such pretty and interesting plants and they all had name... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked away in a swimming pools car park it's easy to miss (we did initially), so glad we found it. Beautiful gardens, such pretty and interesting plants and they all had name tags (oddly rare at garden centres!) It's like the Tardis, much much bigger once you've got through the doors. The tearoom does the best waffles with maple syrup... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although small compared to Edinburgh and Glasgow gardens, this is well worth a visit, if only for the cactus house which is a true work of art in its design and colourful planting. The tropical house also looks like something from a dream. It was lovely to see the plants arranged so artistically rather than in the more usual clinical... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a perfectly nice spot but underwhelming. I heard good things about cafe but did not try it. I think I spent less than half an hour there, which considering that it is free (donations requested) did not bother me at all. I was walking in that direction any way and had nothing to lose.

Thank himynameisjen
Western Isles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our walk round the gardens, kids had fun. The fact that's it's free is great. Had a cuppa and cake in the cafe, was nice. If you are going for lunch I'd recommend to be there early as it fills up quickly.

Thank CatMacl
Montrose, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to visit especially when the weather isn't so great. Free entry and a lovely selection of plants and cacti. Benches to sit on and relax and a great fish pond with koi. My son is 9 and he found this interesting. We didn't visit the café as it was really busy but it did appear to have a... More 

Thank Donna F
Longfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great collection of interesting plants. The 2 glasshouses were brilliantly set out with stunning plants. The outside planting with good labelling was equally good. The location is easily walkable from the centre of Inverness along the riverside footpath. Entry is free and the cafe was good

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a little gem, didn't know that this place existed. There's plenty to do and see in the glasshouses. The cafe area is lovely with lots of choice. We had coffee and cake, but the food we saw being served looked lovely too. The baked potatoes looked very tasty. Definitely somewhere to visit again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've got time to waste before your departure, this is a great place to go - to get there you have to walk along the river and pass through the islands. Very peaceful area. And the gardens are beautiful and free to enter.

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Small but very interesting. Nice coffee shop. Enjoyed our visit. Good place to visit on a dreich Scottish morning

Thank m0gie
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Well worth a visit, some lovely walks through the green houses and the gardens, lots to see, especially if you like plants. Walk back to town on the river paths and you can cross at the islands, very nice!

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