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Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House Tours

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Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House
Established in 1828, the flower-filled Botanic Gardens are Belfast’s loveliest green space and an ideal gray-day escape. The 28-acre (11-hectare) public park centers on the Charles Lanyon–designed mid–19th-century Palm House, a magnificent cast-iron and glass construction with a birdcage dome.

The Basics
Belfast Botanic Gardens are a popular day-out destination for both locals and visitors, with the warm greenhouses, tropical plants, mature trees, and colorful flower beds serving as a salve on dull, rainy days. Stroll through the rose garden, warm up in the Palm House—one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast-iron glasshouse—and follow the raised walkway through the 1889-built redbrick Tropical Ravine, which re-creates a rainforest-type setting. The gardens are also home to the Ulster Museum, whose exhibits focus on key chapters from Northern Ireland’s history as well natural history and art. 

The entire park features as a stop on hop-on hop-off bus tours of the city. Concerts and festivals occasionally take place here. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Belfast Botanic Gardens are a must-visit for the green-fingered, or anyone who wants a moment’s respite from the big-city bustle.
  • Some parts of the gardens are accessible to wheelchair users and strollers via a network of paved paths.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the park.

How to Get There
Belfast Botanic Gardens are located in the University Quarter in South Belfast. The train station is Botanic, which is about a 10-minute walk away. From the station, head south down Botanic Avenue and College Park East. Alternatively, ride the Metro bus number 8 from Belfast city center to Queen’s University.

When to Get There
The gardens open year-round at 10am; closing times vary seasonally. Spring and summer are when most plants are in bloom, while the heated Palm House and Tropical Ravine offer respite from the cold in winter. If you’re going on the weekend, get there early to avoid the crowds.

Standout Species
The botanic gardens are packed with plant species from the southern hemisphere that you might not expect to find in this cool climate. Many of these were first introduced by the park’s former head gardener, Charles McKimm, in the late 19th century. Look out for banana, cinnamon, century-old ferns, and rare orchid plants. 
Address: College Park, Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland
Hours: Daily
Admission: Free
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Private Belfast Exploration Sightseeing and Political Murals Tour

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Explore more of Belfast’s top attractions—including the Peace Wall, St Peter’s Cathedral, and more—than you could on foot during this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Adapt the itinerary to suit you, enjoy the sights as you’re driven from point to point, and get to grips with Belfast’s complex history, as your private guide provides context on each location.
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3-Day - Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Tour with Castle

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Make your own way through Belfast with a three day tour bus pass. On board, you can listen to commentary to learn more about what you’re seeing, or gaze at the scenery for yourself. When something catches your eye, get off and explore this lovely city for yourself. With over 30 stops throughout the city, this bus pass allows you to capitalize effectively on your time in Belfast.
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Belfast City History and Titanic birthplace private tour

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Belfast city tour and Hillsborough - Private shore excursion

Belfast city tour and Hillsborough - Private shore excursion

Our journey starts at Hillsborough where the main attraction is Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. This castle has been a grand family home and a royal residence. As well as visiting the castle we will visit the gardens, which are a joy to explore. Keep an eye out for rare plants and take your time to relax and get inspired. After that we head for Belfast where we will visit some of the main attractions: Crumlin Road Gaol, a 19th century Grade A listed jail known as the “Crum”. Our tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour around the city, explaining to you the history behind peace walls, Falls road, the City Hall or the many political murals around the city. We will also go past the famous Belfast Dome at Victoria Square Then, a quick stop at the Titanic Memorial. Our final visit is the Botanic Gardens, a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists. PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!!
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Private Luxury Full-Day Belfast Sightseeing Tour From Belfast Cruise Terminal

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Travelers that reach port in Belfast can get a complete overview of the city with this full-day private tour, with port pickup included. On your busy shore excursion, see top sights around the city—from the famous murals on Falls Road to the Peace Walls—along with top landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and Botanic Gardens. And since your driver is there to whisk you around, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy hassle-free sightseeing.
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What are Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House hours of operation?
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Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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