Belfast Botanic Gardens
Two of the most notable early greenhouses in Europe are to be found in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens. The Palm House (1839-52) is one of the finest examples of cast iron conservatories. This house was erected with the assistance of Richard Turner, a Dublin engineer. Its central dome houses magnificent cycads and palms whilst the wings have tropical plant collections and displays of semi tropical plants.
The Tropical Ravine (1887) is a very unique glass covered sunken glen embellished with tropical and semi tropical plants which are viewed from a high walkway.
The gardens have outstanding Victorian bedding schemes, a formal rose garden and the most extensive herbaceous borders to be found on this island.
The large tree collection creates the landscape structure for the garden and the lawn areas provide the perfect locations for the numerous events held throughout the year.
The gardens are open daily but check the opening times for the two greenhouses.
There are numerous opportunities nearby for good food and other attractions.Contact details: Address: Stranmillis Road, Belfast Website: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parksandopenspaces Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: Alex McNeill. +44 (0) 2890314762