Dundee Botanic Garden is an exquisite and blissful bucolic retreat that’s maintained by the University of Dundee. A tranquil haven amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, the gardens came to life in the early 70s, following decades of planning that had hitherto come to nothing. The gardens are open daily from 10:30am - 4:30pm, closing at the slightly earlier time of 3:30pm between November and February. There’s a small admission fee, though university students can get in for free. The botanic gardens are prized for their extensive collection of fine plants, along with mature conifers, hardwoods and shrubs. There are also temperate glasshouses to explore, a water garden and an aromatic herb garden. Spanning 9.5 hectares, the gardens make for a relaxing stroll that will restore your inner zen while granting you a new-found appreciation for the university’s work in collating and conserving so many beautiful plants. The gently sloping gardens lie close to the River Tay that bifurcates the city of Dundee and, in addition to housing a collection of tropical plants sourced from the furthest corners of the globe, are stocked with a selection of indigenous British plants. Every year over 80,000 visitors pass through the gardens, wandering its paths and picnicking on its ornate lawns before retreating to the cafe and gift shop. Open seven days a week from 9am - 5pm, the cafe serves up light meals, hot drinks, homemade soups and cakes. The gardens also feature a plant nursery and play host to art exhibitions and other events throughout the year. Dundee Botanic Garden is a popular spot for weddings, corporate events and private parties, with the gardens providing a lush setting in which up to 500 guests can savour a day to remember.
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