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St Andrews Botanic Garden

Canongate, St Andrews KY16 8RT, Scotland
+44 1334 476452
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A must

Good place to visit , nice walk on a good day . Well kept gardens and greenhouses and just on my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Great place to visit

Great place, child friendly, lots to enjoy for adults and children . Recommended place to visit at... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Karin B
Kingman, Arizona
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St Andrews Botanic Garden is a beautiful living treasure in the heart of historic St Andrews. Inspirational plant displays cover rock and scree hillsides, ponds, woodland and herbaceous borders. Botanical and geographic garden displays and huge glasshouses hold alpines, desert plants and tropical exotics. From April to September we have a fully immersive Tropical Butterfly Experience and Pollinator Challenge. Enjoy our shop and coffeeshop or bring a picnic. Free family activity sessions included with entry daily through the holidays.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“green houses” (10 reviews)
“pond area” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Canongate, St Andrews KY16 8RT, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to visit , nice walk on a good day . Well kept gardens and greenhouses and just on my door step.

1  Thank mathew_king
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Great place, child friendly, lots to enjoy for adults and children . Recommended place to visit at all times of the year

Thank Karin B
Reviewed 13 October 2017

My grand daughter took my daughter and I to see these gardens and I am very pleased that she did. The sun shone for us that day and the walk through the woods and grounds was magical. Every where is well maintained and tidy considering...More

Thank Ken G
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were in St. Andrews the weekend that students and their parents were coming to the University, so the town was appealing but crowded. The Botanic Garden was the perfect place to visit for quiet walking, appreciation of nature, and for a cup of tea...More

Thank Hay_9
Reviewed 25 September 2017

You can access the botanical gardens from various points in town to walk under trees by a burn that takesyou to a specially well cared for and interesting garden. It has good trees and herbaceous areas.

Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited here specifically to see the butterfly house but were utterly enchanted by the whole place. The gardens are large and varied with loads to see. It is a lovely walk, especially through the woods where you can hear the nearby...More

Thank TheGlobetrotta
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is a very good place to visit with plenty of grounds to walk around and interesting features. Unfortunately you had to pay for the Butterfly House, which seemed unreasonable and expensive!

Thank TowerHillWitney
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Great fun place to discover with lots to see - highly recommend the butterfly house with enthusiastic guides

1  Thank Patrice A
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Visit here at least twice a year, always something new to see. Butterfly house especialoly worth a visit.

1  Thank Scurlywump
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately another over priced attraction. Rainy day so decided to visit the butterfly house. You have to pay £5 pp for gardens plus £2.95 pp to visit butterfly house. This is a lot of money if you are holidaying and on a budget. Gardens are...More

Thank Craig080
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4 June 2017|
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Response from Patricia C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, most of it is accessible
Morag F
1 August 2016|
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Response from Sailrepair | Reviewed this property |
Yes ,as I recall there is a small car park at the entrance to the gardens.
3 April 2016|
Response from StAndrewsBotanic | Property representative |
HI, The Gruffalo trail was for Summer 2015 only. This Summer we have a tropical butterfly experience which is open 10-6pm - it is fantastic for the same age group! The Gruffalo only (no trail) is still in the garden for... More