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Glasshouses

Our glasshouse is located close to the main Visitor Centre and is accessible by wheelchair users. It is divided into sections to show a range of plants from different habitats. The glasshouse is also home to our tropical bugs and, at certain times of the year, butterflies. Our indoor activity space, the Glassroom, is contained within the glasshouse.

The Tropical House represents the warm, humid environment of a rainforest, complete with (at the press of a button) real rain! Here you will find bananas, sugarcane, coffee, giant bamboo, epiphytic orchids and bromeliads. There are also climbers including 'Dutchman’s Pipe' and the magnificent 'Jade Vine', which normally flowers in April.

At the opposite end of our planet’s ecosystem, the Cactus House represents the dry, bright conditions of a desert and provides year round interest. Here you will find Prickly Pears, Barrel Cactii, Aloes, Agave and a variety of succulent plants. There are plants from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Africa and Madagascar. Prepare to take a step into the exotic and explore this desert landscape.

Download a Garden Map

Visitors’ map of the Botanic Garden, including accessible routes.


Download a Suggested Route

Follow this self-guided tour that takes in the entire Garden.


Download the Quiz Trail

Our most popular activity, the Quiz Trail sign-posted offers questions suitable for children as they tour the garden.


Download the Science Trail

A guide to the sign-posted Science Trail, providing detailed information on the flora and fauna that inhabit the Garden.


Download the Crossword and Word Search

Our second children’s activity aims to make science in the Garden more accessible to children, with the answers to these activity sheets being found along the Science Trail.


Download the Nature Trail

Suitable for young children, this activity teaches about the wildlife in the garden, allowing kids to colour in pictures of animals as they find them hidden in their natural habitats around the garden.