The Glasshouses

Please note, the Conservatory and Upper Range glasshouses (Carnivorous, Water Lily, Cloud Forest and Plants from High Places Glasshouses) are open from 17th May, with one-way systems in place. The Lower Range Glasshouses (Rainforest and Arid Glasshouses) and Herbarium Room remain closed. You can explore the Glasshouses virtually with our virtual visit.

We are able to create a range of climatic conditions in our seven display glasshouses, cultivating plants from around the world. Visitors find themselves travelling the globe, as they pass from tropical jungle and oozing swamp to desert and alpine environments. 

The first greenhouse was built at the Botanic Garden more than 300 years ago. It was a temperate conservatory, which resembled an orangery or grand stable. Its purpose was to house tender and exotic plants, such as citruses, during the winter. Unfamiliar and exotic plants grown at the Botanic Garden still amaze visitors all year round today. 

On occasion when maintenance work is required or in the event of extreme weather all or some of the Glasshouses may be closed. Please check Visit the Garden for closure updates.