The Glasshouses

Update 15th July 2020
Some of our Glasshouses have reopened, there is a one-way system in place to allow for social distancing. 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.