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Allan Gardens Conservatory

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Address: 19 Horticultural Ave | Between Jarvis, Sherbourne, Dundas and Gerrard Sts., Toronto, Ontario M5A 2P2, Canada
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+1 416-392-7259
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Donated by a prominent local philanthropist, these gardens boast a...

Donated by a prominent local philanthropist, these gardens boast a beautiful glass-domed Victorian structure.

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A delightful, sort visit

This conservatory has been in the heart of the city for as long as I can remember and I had only visited it once before. So when friends came from Ottawa and we were looking for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Craig C
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Toronto, Canada
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New Providence, New Jersey
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

An interesting stop while visiting Toronto, but fairly small and overgrown. One interesting highlight for kids it the electric train making a circle through the flowers.

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Toronto, Canada
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This conservatory has been in the heart of the city for as long as I can remember and I had only visited it once before. So when friends came from Ottawa and we were looking for some place to visit nearby, we selected Allen Gardens. It is easy to get to from anywhere in the downtown core or Toronto. You... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We asked at our hotel where we could go to see something unique to Toronto but not a "touristy" place and Allan Gardens was recommended to us. It is really nicely kept, there is an amazing array of different types of flowers. It was funny to see a squirrel had managed to get in and kept leaping from path to... More 

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Thank Julia B
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a true Torontonian and had never gone to Allan Gardens!! For Christmas- the first weekend of december they bring Santa for pictures and there are things to do. I had no clue. The employees are wonderfully kind and educated- they are willing to talk and mingle and they have alot of knowledge. The plants and fish are well... More 

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Fonthill, Canada
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41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely old conservatory packed full of beautiful plants. Free admission and it only takes about an hour to see it all. I was at a convention near by so stopped in, but would definitely make an effort to make an effort to get to the Allen conservatory when I return to Toronto.

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found out about Allan Gardens Conservatory while looking through TripAdvisor for things to do in Toronto. My partner and I spent the first week of May in Toronto and it was colder and wetter than I had planned for. So Sunday morning we visited Allan Gardens Conservatory. It was way bigger than I thought it would be and it... More 

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Thank Karen C
Lethbridge, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love gardens and conservatories and this was a delight on a cold and drizzly day. It's not fancy, but is chock-full of well-labelled plants as has an interesting history to the old building. It is a free attraction, offered by the City of Toronto. The orchard garden was particularly lovely.

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Thank Krogers42
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's usually space to park your car (and its free). On the inside: Enter and wander down the path through the various houses containing different climates and varying vegetation from rainforest. jungle to the sucuulant plants (cactus) in the arrid house. They change plantings of blooming flowers throughout the year. Simply a great place to unwind and its surrounded by... More 

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Thank Randy M
Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited Allan Gardens to view the beautiful flowers. Our book club visits two to three times annually with a quick bite of lunch before. The flowers were wonderful. I am fascinated by the desert plants, however, and took a few photos to share. The people working there are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. There are great displays around various holidays... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This historic greenhouse is right in the city and walking distance from many offices and homes. Wonderful plants and flowers - very manageable over a lunch break. Pretty and uplifting.

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