Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

Location Details


Westbourne Road
B15 3TR

The Gardens are a 15 acre 'Oasis of Delight'.

The lush rainforest vegetation in the Tropical House includes many economic plants.  Palms, tree ferns, orchids and insectivorous plants are displayed in the Subtropical House.  The Mediterranean House features a wide variety of citrus plants, a pelargonium collection and seasonal displays of conservatory plants. A desert scene, with its giant agaves and opuntias, fills the Arid House.

Outside there is colourful bedding on the Terrace and a tour of the Gardens includes rhododendrons and azaleas, herbaceous borders, an impressive Rock Garden and a collection of over 200 trees.  There are Herb and Cottage Gardens, a Water Garden, Alpine Yard, Historic Gardens, Organic Garden and the National Bonsai Collection.  Ferns, grasses and sensory plants all have their own areas.

A magnificent Lawn Aviary stands at the far side of the main lawn, in front of which is a formal sunken Rose Garden.  From a deep red centre the roses shade to pale pink and cream.  A collection of shrub roses continues the rose theme behind the aviaries. 
A Sculpture Trail takes you to every corner of the Garden.

The Children's Adventure Playground and Children's Discovery Garden provide excitement for our younger visitors who are also enthralled by our bird collection.

Our Gallery has different exhibitions each month.  The 'Shop at the Gardens' stocks a wide range of gifts and plants. Refreshments are available in the Pavilion. Bands play every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer on the Victorian Bandstand.

Our Study Centre provides a unique service to schools and colleges.  Visitors to the Gardens are fortunate in being able to sample a wide variety of environments in one place.  They can walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate, observe changes to plants due to the seasons, study woodland habitats and participate in ecological conservation.  The joy of discovery is available to all ages, including those with special needs.  The team of specialist teachers organises educational programmes which complement all the National Curriculum subjects, including English, Geography, Maths and Science.  

In addition, to our schools educational programme, a wide range of adult courses is run in horticultural and allied subjects along with children’s workshops.  Studentships provide training for people who wish to take up a career in horticulture.

Please telephone for more information on:

  • Membership
  • Programme of Events
  • Leisure Learning
  • Group Visits
  • Volunteering
  • Donations
  • Bequests

As an Independent Educational Charity, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens receive no ongoing funding from central or local governments

Open daily from 9 am. (10 am. Sunday) until dusk (7 pm. Latest).

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
View of Gardens
View of Gardens
View of Glass Houses
View of Gardens

Access Symbols Explained:

  • Assisted wheelchair access Wheelchair access into our premises is possible with assistance.
  • Non assisted wheelchair access Full, non-assisted, wheelchair access into our premises is possible.
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Customer toilet facilities We provide customer toilets.
  • Accessible toilets We have fully accessible toilets installed at our premises.
  • Customer parking facilities We provide customer car parking.
  • Accessible car parking We provide accessible car parking spaces for disabled customers.
  • Staff assistance available Our staff have been trained to offer excellent service levels, please ask if you have any particular requirements.
  • Parent with pushchair access Our premises are accessible to parents with a pushchair or pram.
  • Baby changing facilities We provide baby changing facilities.
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