Belfast Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are next to Belfast’s Queens University. There are several beautiful flower displays within the gardens as well as two buildings, Palm House and the Tropical Ravine.

Belfast Attractions
Top Attractions Ireland

The Palm House contains several tropical plants and tall trees which are surrounded by climbing plants and hanging baskets.

Beautiful Irish Sterling Silver pendants
Botanic Gardens, Belfast copyright Ireland Calling

Botanic Gardens

There are two wings in the Palm House. The Stove Wing is very warm and houses exotic plants such as bromeliads, birds of paradise and frangipani. The Cool Wing contains seasonal displays which include flame nettles, spring bulbs and Schizanthus blooms.

Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast copyright Ireland Calling

The Palm House was built in the Victorian period between 1839-52. It was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon and was one of the first glass houses to be built with curved iron. Such advances in glasshouse technology made it possible to grow exotic plants even in the middle of Belfast.

The Tropical Ravine was built in 1889 and contains seed plants such as banana, cinnamon, orchid plants and bromeliad. It is also home to a number of fish species and tropical plants such as flowering vines and tree fens.

The Gardens themselves include rose gardens, walking routes, children’s playgrounds, trees and flower beds.

They were established in 1828 and are an important link back to the Victorian era of the city. Many of the original plant collections can still be seen in the park.

Belfast Attractions

Visit IrelandMore on Irish holidays

Tourist attractions in Ireland

The Blarney Stone
Bru na Boinne
Bunratty Castle
The Burren
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The Cliffs of Moher
Croagh Patrick
Dingle Peninsula
Garnish Island
The Giant's Causeway
Glendalough
The Guinness Storehouse
Hill of Tara
Lakes of Killarney
Newgrange
The Peace Bridge
Ring of Kerry
Wild Atlantic Way
Personalised Celtic prints. Ireland Calling store

Irish cities

Belfast
Cork
Derry
Dublin
Galway
Limerick
Waterford

Tourism articles

TripAdvisor's top 10 destinations in Ireland for 2015
Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by the Irish
Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by tourists

Ireland's favourite heritage site
The most romantic city in Ireland
Hidden gems in Ireland

The top ten Irish beaches
Where would Irish people take overseas guests?
Tips for first time visitors to Ireland

What not to do when visiting Ireland
Ireland's top sacred pilgrimage sites
Eight reasons why Irish pubs are Ireland's top attractions

What do you like about Ireland?
Local Irish pubs number one attraction for tourists
Tourists happy with 'value for money' on visits to Ireland

Video - initiative to promote 'Ireland's Ancient East'
Ireland can boast the best 'cliff view' in the world
Most visited tourist attractions in Ireland in 2014?

Industry warned not to 'repeat the mistakes of the past'
Dublin 'favourite worldwide city' for young travellers
Which tourist attractions in Ireland made the Lonely Planet's ultimate guide?

Dublin is one of the world's top three cities say Lonely Planet
Ireland has three of the world's four friendliest cities

Personalised framed prints

Stunning personalised framed prints in the style of the Book of Kells

Stunning Illuminated Letters based on the ancient Book of Kells


Sign up to our FREE newsletters

Please click on your confirmation email,
Check your junk mail folder in case it gets sent there.

Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.