Glasgow Botanic Gardens

[Glasgow Botanic Gardens]

Glasgow's Botanic Gardens have occupied the tight spot between the Great Western Road and a meander on the River Kelvin since 1873. In the heart of the city's West End, they're predictably busy on sunny summer weekends: this is also the time of year when the colourful rose garden reaches its best. It's perhaps inevitable that they'll be compared to their verdant counterpart in Edinburgh. Do they measure up? Certainly not in absolute size, but in beauty? Very nearly. And unlike in the capital, the extensive glasshouses - the gardens' highlight - are free to visit.

[Botanic Gardens glasshouses - sweltering on a hot day]

Name: Glasgow Botanic Gardens ★★☆
Location: Great Western Road, Glasgow, G.R.: NS 569674 / brings insect locate
Open (2017): Daily
Cost: Free
Public transport: Subway (Hillhead), 400 metres; bus, <200 metres

[Kibble Palace is the largest of the glasshouses]

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