The Glasgow Botanic GardensGlasgow Category Nature & Wildlife
At any time of the year there are pleasant riverside walks, peaceful woodland copses and exotic tropical places to explore, just minutes from the heart of the city.
Thomas Hopkirk, a distinguished Glasgow botanist, was the founder of the Botanic Gardens and with the support of a number of local dignitaries and the University of Glasgow the Gardens were set up in 1817.
The Garden was originally laid out on an 8 acre site at Sandyford at the western end of Sauchiehall Street (at that time, on the edge of the city). Laying out the grounds was the work of Stewart Murray, the first curator. Three thousand plants were donated by Hopkirk as the nucleus of the collection.
The Garden flourished to such an extent that in 1839 a new site, to the west of the city on the banks of the River Kelvin, was purchased to house the rapidly expanding collections. In 1842 the new Gardens – on their present site – were opened to members of the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow who owned and managed the Botanic Garden. The public were admitted at weekends for a small charge.
• Grounds: 7am - dusk (all year)
• Glasshouses: 10am - 6pm / 10am - 4.15pm (winter)
• Tearooms: Open 10am - 4.15pm /10am - dusk (winter)